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Saturday, February 12 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
University Marching Band Members Noise Dosages & Hearing Health Related Knowledge

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Objectives: [1]To measure sound exposure levels of marching band and non-marching band members during a football game, [2] to compare these exposure levels to sound level dose limits set by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and [3] to evaluate the perceptions of marching band members about their hearing health risk from loud sound exposure and their use of hearing protection devices (HPDs). Design: Noise dosimetry measurements were completed on the band director and six marching band members during rehearsals and performances. Dosimetry measurements for two audience members were collected during the performances. Noise dose values were obtained using NIOSH criteria. 123 marching band members responded to a questionnaire analyzing perceptions of loud music exposure, preventive behavior, and the associated hearing health and noise-related risks. Results: Noise dose values surpassed the NIOSH recommended limits among all six marching band members during rehearsals and performances. The sound levels recorded during performances were higher than the rehearsals. Most marching band members reported low concern for hearing health-related risks from high sound exposures and minimal use of HPDs. Conclusion: High sound exposure and low concern regarding auditory risk among band members highlight the need for comprehensive hearing conservation programs for this population.

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avatar for Ishan Sunilkumar Bhatt, Ph.D., CCC-A, F-AAA

Ishan Sunilkumar Bhatt, Ph.D., CCC-A, F-AAA

Associate Professor, University of Iowa
Dr. Ishan Bhatt is the Director of the Audiogenomics Research Laboratory in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and MASPL – Masters of Audiology, Speech and Language... Read More →
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Rebecca Meier, AuD

Rebecca Meier is the Director of Clinical Education at Ohio University. Her areas of research are vestibular assessment and rehabilitation and Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL).
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Nicole Nadeau, AuD (4th year graduate student)

Nicole Nadeau is a fourth-year graduate student pursuing her Clinical Doctorate of Audiology at Ohio University. Her current Clinical Externship is at a Private Practice located in Concord & Manchester, New Hampshire. She has worked in Dr. Nilesh Washnik's Noise & Hearing Research... Read More →
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Jeffrey Russell, Ph.D

Jeff Russell is Associate Professor of Athletic Training and Director of Science and Health in Artistic Performance at Ohio University. He leads a team of athletic trainers and researchers who care for injured performing artists and conduct research on concussions, musculoskeletal... Read More →
avatar for Nilesh Washnik, Ph.D

Nilesh Washnik, Ph.D

Assistant Professor, Ohio University
Nilesh Washnik currently works as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Ohio University, Athens. Nilesh received his PhD in Audiology from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. His areas of research are Noise-Induced Hearing Loss... Read More →


Saturday February 12, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm CST
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