Mar 2019: Check out our new research in Frontiers in Psychology. Reducing the hearing risk in music venues might be best achieved not by telling people what to do, but by listening to what they actually want…
Everyone has a different opinion on what makes a good venue for a gig. Good or bad, it is important for all venues to manage sounds levels carefully – they are responsible to both their staff and their neighbours. Although it might seem like an overwhelming task, it doesn’t have to be.
Musicians are a special breed. They create incredible sounds that have the power to impact body and soul, whether that’s sending us to the dance floor or moving us to tears. Not too surprisingly, research has also shown that musicians, as a group, have pretty special ears.
Sound engineers, also called audio engineers or sound technicians, are central to the delivery of sound at any venue. These engineers have the overall responsibility for sound at a gig, from placement and position of speakers to amplification and manipulation of music being played.
Feb 2019: The World Health Organisation invited us to present our research looking at the laws and regulations that govern sound exposure at music venues around the world.
Oct 2018: Our tinnitus video, Bee HEARsmart, has been officially selected in the Overcome Film Festival, which celebrates stories of survival and triumph over adversity – like tinnitus!
Sep 2018: Comedian and writer David Rose has a message for millennials who think that hearing loss can’t happen to them. It’s time to listen up!
Aug 2018: Have a listen to HEARsmart’s very own Jos Mulder, lecturer in Sound at Murdoch University, in conversation with Matthew Ottley.
July 2018: HEARsmart PhD student Siobhan McGinnity stars in a new ABC News video that shines the spotlight on how loud sound can affect your hearing.