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Seattle Times
May 3, 2015

CHICAGO — For high-school sophomore Sophia Pellar, a pair of special earplugs recently donated by an audiologist has put an end to the pain she suffered when playing flute in the pep band.

Still, the Mozart-loving teen giggles nervously when she explains that the earplugs — tethered by a bright-blue string and designed to protect musicians from noise-induced hearing loss — have yet to become part of her regular repertoire.

“I wear earplugs during pep-band season, because it can be crazy loud,” said Pellar, 16. “But the thought of wearing them every day is a little embarrassing.”

With research indicating that as many as 1 in 5 teens suffers from hearing loss, much of it caused by noise damage, more doctors and school-band directors are urging kids to take precautions and, in some cases, are providing earplugs. Yet experts say their messages are being undermined by an “uncool” stigma similar to that which once impeded the use of bike helmets, shin guards and sunscreen.

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Malay Mail Online
December 9, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec 9 — In response to increasing reports of hearing loss in teenagers and risk of hearing loss for musicians, audio engineer to the stars Stephen D. Ambrose has revolutionised earphones with his RealLoud technology, which eliminates harmful pressures.

Earphones and in-ear monitors are known to be harmful, although they offer advantages for musicians and audio engineers, such as providing a mix of audio sources to the performer.

Because they seal the ear canal, the acoustic pressure of the sound turns to pneumatic pressure, which causes tiny muscles in the ear to contract in attempts to dull the sound, making the user need an even higher volume.

The secret is a secondary eardrum in the device that absorbs pneumatic pressure that builds up as a result of sound in the ear canal that’s sealed by an ear-bud.

Ambrose has added this second drum into all his ADEL earphones and 1964ADEL in-ear monitors, which were his groundbreaking innovations of the 1960s.

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Updated: 04/12/2014 7:24 AM
Created: 04/11/2014 3:02 PM
By: Cassie Hartear_plugs

The Minneapolis City Council has approved a new ordinance which will require businesses that specialize in loud music, such as event centers and nightclubs, to provide patrons with earplugs to combat hearing loss.

Minneapolis City Councilman Jacob Frey, of the Third Ward, said the legislation would provide the earplugs for free to the businesses with the help of Locally Grown Globally Known and 3M. They would have to provide them starting April 19.

The ordinance will apply to about 185 bars, clubs and performance venues as a condition of their liquor licenses.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 36 million Americans - or 17 percent of the adult population -  have some form of hearing loss.

The earplugs are a way for patrons to shield themselves from high decibel noise without having to forgo music events, Frey said.

Some clubs opposed the ordinance because they currently make thousands of dollars a year selling earplugs.

The city council adopted the ordinance at their meeting on April 11.


Custom Ear Plugs for Band Students Helps Prevent Hearing Loss

It's a one of a kind program in Eagan that is helping prevent hearing loss in students. Eagan High School band students are being fit with custom ear plugs. The students will wear them during practice and it will cut down on noise levels by more than 30 decibels.

A normal conversation is between 40 and 50 decibels, a full band playing can easily top 100. Experts say one in five teenagers has measurable hearing loss, one in 20 has significant hearing loss that can affect the ability to learn.

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