Do you worry about deafness?
I’ve been thinking about my physical well being and how it relates to the opera career.
Anyway, stumbled on this tidbit of research as I was curious why my unusually loud and piercing voice hasn’t damaged my hearing over the years. This research is comforting.
This also relates to that comment I made about wearing earplugs a the gym. I don’t care if I look like the biggest dork in the universe, we musicians have to protect our hearing! [And that goes for you music lovers, too.]
And seriously, the group fitness classes at my gym are a lot of fun but they’re so loud that I can hum along to the pop tunes and no one can hear me. Now I’ve learned the humming may be helping me protect my own hearing.
I wear earplugs at rehearsal when an orchestration is unusually loud.