Brass/ piano players aged 18-35 with normal hearing needed for hearing research

Discussion in 'Classifieds' started by Jennifer Tinker, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. Jennifer Tinker

    Jennifer Tinker New Member

    Research has shown that noise exposure may cause underlying damage which is not detected using conventional hearing tests. This study is designed to investigate underlying damage in noise exposed individuals with ‘normal’ hearing.
    The study requires participants with and without significant weekly noise exposure so that the results can be compared across the two groups. You would be asked to attend one 45 minute session in which you will perform a short hearing test and then be asked to differentiate tones played over headphones. You will then have some sounds played into your ear via an earpiece which will automatically record a response. You may also be asked to wear a noise monitoring badge for around 6 hours and keep a brief diary of your activities, but this is an optional extra.
    To take part you must be aged between 18 and 35 years and:
    1. Play a brass instrument for at least 5 hours per week, and play in an orchestra or band regularly.
    2. Play only the piano and attend loud music venues no more than once per month.
    You cannot take part if you wear hearing aids or have been diagnosed with a hearing loss.
    You will be paid £7.50 for your participation and an additional £5 if you choose to participate in the sound level measurements.

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  2. Rhonda

    Rhonda Member

    Who's the perpetrator of the study?
    Who is paying for the study?

    Another useless job creating enterprise?

    These types of studies have been around for decades. In the end they don't matter. This ridiculous idea to make musicians in orchestras wear ear plugs....

    I don't know... is there nothing more important to spend tax payers' money on?

  3. Jennifer Tinker

    Jennifer Tinker New Member

    Dear Rhonda,
    Thankyou for your comments - they have been noted. Naturally we disagree, and believe that the research has value; I would be happy to continue this discussion via email (

    Dr Kathryn Hopkins
    Lecturer in Audiology
    University of Manchester
  4. Rhonda

    Rhonda Member

    Since we would only agree to disagree I see no point in further discussions. I've been involved in similar studies in Germany in the 80s and the result was some mess that thanks to German sensibility didn't lead to some health and safety desaster like it certainly will over here.

    Best of luck for your research

  5. towse1972

    towse1972 Active Member

    Oooh! I love it! Please lets hear your foundation for your argument Rhonda. You have made your point so lets hear the substance behind your argument......if there is any? I suspect that there wont be...
  6. towse1972

    towse1972 Active Member

    Jennifer. I have at least 10 players that meet your requirements at Milnrow band. A few are students at Manchester. If you struggle to recruit then please feel free to PM me. I will put you in touch with them.
  7. Jennifer Tinker

    Jennifer Tinker New Member

    Thanks Donna,

    It would be great if you could let them know as I'm struggling to get enough participants. Could you ask them to email me if they're interested and I'll send them some more information? My email address is

    Thanks again,

  8. johnandy

    johnandy New Member

    Hi Jennifer..

    Yes, these types of hearing research are very helpful in the socialism because the main objective of these type of hearing test online is to identify and classify the possibility of the hearing loss and also these types of online test give the confidence to the people to take a suitable or proper step on the doubts of their hearing losses..I am totally agree with you and hoping for the best result from your research...

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