Dr. Andrew Resnick has extensive experience working with musicians and music aficionados. Whether you need ear impressions for in-ear monitors, custom musicians’ earplugs, hearing aids programmed with a musician’s needs in mind, or a comprehensive audiological or tinnitus evaluation, we’ve got it covered.
The best in-ear monitors not only sound great, but fit perfectly in your ear. At Resnick Audiology, we take impressions of your ears, which are then used to manufacture the molds for your in-ear monitors. We offer a range of models for different needs, ranging from performance-quality, to reference-quality that can be used by mixing engineers to work on the road.
In-ear monitors are not only a clearer way to experience your monitor mix than a stage wedge, they also function as earplugs to provide hearing protection. With our custom-fitted in-ears, you can block the loud stage sound while getting a perfect mix from your monitor engineer, allowing you to hear the music both more clearly and at a safe volume.
Custom Musicians’ Earplugs
Custom-molded musicians’ earplugs are the most comfortable, most effective, and best-sounding earplugs you can get. We take an impression of your ear canal, which is then used to make a set of earplugs that fits your ears perfectly. These are then fitted with attenuators appropriate for your specific application. Whether you are performing in an orchestra, on club stages, or in arenas, we can match your level of hearing protection to your specific needs.
The attenuators in our musicians’ earplugs come as close as possible in a passive model to attenuating frequencies evenly across the whole spectrum of sound. While other OTC earplugs may claim to do this, patients notice the difference right away when they try out their new custom earplugs.
You may also purchase additional attenuators for different purposes, including solid plugs for maximum attenuation. These are useful for loud activities that are not related to music, when you need protection but are not concerned about accurate sound quality.
Hearing Aids for Musicians
Many of the remarkable features of modern hearing aids—such as background noise suppression or digital directionality—are incredibly useful when it comes to speech comprehension, but can make it unpleasant or impossible to listen to music. When listening to music, we want to have enough amplification to hear the music effectively, with our specific pure-tone test results in mind, but we do not want any additional DSP (digital signal processing) altering the frequency or dynamic profile.
For musicians, we can program hearing aids effectively to naturally reproduce the sound of music. We will also still include programming that improves speech comprehension for when you are not performing or listening to music. You can switch between these different functions easily, typically using an app on your smartphone.
Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations
It is widely recommended to have your hearing evaluated once every decade until age 50, and once every three years thereafter. However, musicians and others whose hearing is more at risk should be tested even more frequently. It’s important to have your hearing tested regularly to make sure that your hearing protection measures are working!
A hearing test allows you to catch hearing loss long before it progresses to the degree that it might interfere with your ability to perform or understand speech. A hearing test can also typically reveal the underlying cause of hearing loss, which means we can help recommend the most appropriate lifestyle changes to prevent further hearing loss.
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the kind that musicians experience from overexposure to loud music.
This can usually be identified in a hearing test because the shapes of our ear canals tend to accentuate the sound at 3 kHz and 6 kHz. If we see more hearing loss at these frequencies than others, it’s because loud sound is presented as even louder at these frequencies than others inside our ears, and as a result our ears suffer more readily from NIHL at these frequencies in particular.
Dr. Resnick is especially interested in the hearing needs of musicians—both in terms of prevention and treatment. Make an appointment today and start keeping track of the most important part of your signal chain: your ears!