By Stephanie Ciccarelli
January 16, 2012
Just as the voice is key to being able to perform as a voice actor, the ability to hear and to hear well, can make or break a career in audio recording and engineering.
Protecting an engineer's golden ears helps them to work for as long as possible in the field of audio production.
How can this be done?
Hear about some proactive steps the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology is taking to protect the ears of their students and future audio engineers in today's VOX Daily.
One of the world's finest audio recording schools can be found in our hometown of London, ON Canada. The Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology, affectionately known by its acronym OIART, cares deeply about their students, especially their hearing.
Recently, OIART graduate Keith Gordon returned to the school and fit each student with a set of custom in-ear earplugs to protect their hearing. Keith was there for two days and the process took less than 10 minutes per person. According to OIART's blog, the earplugs also accept the nozzle end of any set of headphones with removable buds, meaning you can turn the earplugs into custom fit earbuds.
Keith Gordon relates, "Instant Custom Fit uses what I call a 'core,' which is a center structure shaped like an ear canal. Then there is a soft silicone bladder that fits over the core like a balloon. Between the core and this bladder, liquid silicone is injected into the earpiece while it is still outside the ear. The ear piece is then placed into the ear canal. The bladder full of liquid silicone will conform to the shape of the ear and set into place. The patient ends up with a custom fitted ear piece within three minutes."
* dB refers to Decibels
These earplugs can be made to accommodate different needs, for instance, guitar players versus drummers or non-musicians. And as OIART says, great hearing protection is just as valuable as great gear!
Be sure to comment and share how you protect your golden ears and tell us what your hearing means to you.