KLANG teams up with Mimi Hearing Technologies for World Hearing Day 2017
World Hearing Day 2017
“The world isn’t getting any quieter. Not any time soon. But your hearing is. Everyday, the dense soundscape of today’s major cities — car engines, trucks, air conditioning, music and concerts — plays havoc with our hearing and our peace of mind” says mimi.
Therefore, to mark World Hearing Day 2017 we as KLANG teamed up with Mimi, to offer you a free, accurate and CE-certified hearing test. It has never been easier to take care of your hearing. The Mimi Hearing Test takes less than 6 minutes. You can take it on your phone and get instant, insightful results.
Why is it important to be aware of hearing loss?
Some facts: 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss and 32 million of these are children! Hearing issues may result from genetics, complications at birth, chronic ear infections, the use of particular drugs, aging, or exposure to excessive noise. Among musicians and sound engineers, hearing damage is an especially sensitive subject and far more prevalent than many realize. It becomes evident when you realize that you rely on your hearing every day in rehearsal, on stage or in the studio. Ultimately, many hearing problems result from preventable causes left unaddressed too long or diagnosed too late.
At KLANG we believe that the Silent Stage approach, will change the live sound industry for the better. A silent stage is considered to have a reduced stage sound pressure level of 12 dB or more compared to a stage using standard wedge monitoring and standard backlines with guitar and bass amplifiers. Besides the obvious benefits in hearing conservation a silent stage has many, many more benefits in terms of sound check times and better front of house sound for the audience.
“While eye and sight checks are routine for most, ear and hearing exams are not. This is an issue as the earlier hearing loss is detected, the better the chances are of correcting or preventing further damage” says Danielle from Mimi.
So, that’s why for World Hearing Day we’re putting the emphasis on prevention and spreading the word about the difference early screening can make and offering this hearing test. Because we believe that after this test you will think about the drawbacks of loud environments more often and be more responsible. The more individuals and groups we bring together to do this the more we raise awareness and celebrate the sense that connects us.
Start today and test your hearing ability now.
What else can you do?
Besides talking to your band mates and musician friends about hearing loss and noise levels, just remember to ask yourself any time you are making noise, if it could be reduced without significantly disturbing the performance.
And more, on wednesday April 26, 2017 there is the next International Noise Awareness Day. Mark this day in your calendar and try to avoid making loud noise for one entire day.
Please take care of your hearing and consider wearing professional sound isolating ear plugs during loud shows and switch to a silent stage with in-ears if you haven’t made the switch already. We are happy to help if you have questions!
Always wear ear plugs and in-ears on both ears and avoid to pull out one ear plug because you feel disconnected. That is not helpful and dangerous instead. Feeling comfortable with your in-ears is a matter of the in-ear sound mix and using the right technique.
Talk to us at KLANG about your band’s monitor setup and how KLANG’s 3D in-ear mixing can help you to work with more sound transparency at lower sound pressure levels – contact@KLANG.com