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The Role of Active and Passive Hearing Protection in Hearing Loss Prevention for Musicians

Course: #26025Level: Intermediate1 Hour 162 Reviews
Recorded Webinar

This course will cover passive and active (electronic) high-fidelity hearing protection, including what makes a hearing protector high fidelity, how they operate, and what you need to know to select and fit the appropriate protectors for your musician patients. The course will focus on Etymotic Research products and will not include information on other products. Adaptation and techniques to improve success in fitting high-fidelity hearing protection will also be discussed.

Please note: You may earn ABA Tier 1 credits for this course if you complete it as part of the course 26346, "NIHL Webinar Series." Course 26346 contains recordings of all three events from our 2015 NIHL Webinar Series. ABA Tier 1 CEUs can be earned only when all modules are completed as part of course 26346.

Course created on July 22, 2015

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CEUs/Hours Offered: AAA/0.1 Intermediate; ACAud/1.0; AHIP/1.0; BAA/1.0; CAA/1.0; Calif SLPAB/1.0; IHS/1.0; Kansas, LTS-S0035/1.0; NZAS/1.0; SAC/1.0

Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course learners will be able to select the appropriate amount of earplug attenuation for a musician depending on the instrument played, music venue and other factors.
  • checkmarkAfter this course learners will be able to describe features for impression taking and fitting to maximize success when fitting custom high-fidelity musician's earplugs.
  • checkmarkAfter this course learners will be able to discuss counseling techniques that can be used with clients who are musicians regarding use, care and adaptation to high-fidelity hearing protectors.


0-5 Minutes Introduction
5-15 Minutes Definition of fidelity and how it applies to hearing protection
15-30 Minutes Custom and non-custom passive high fidelity earplugs: how they work
30-45 Minutes Active (electronic) high-fidelity earplugs
45-55 Minutes Verification of and adaptation to high-fidelity earplugs
55-60 Minutes Summary; Q and A


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Presented By

Presenter Disclosure: Financial: Patricia Tillman Johnson is the Director of Audiology at Etymotic Research, manufacturer of ER-20® and ER-20®xs earplugs, ER-9, ER-15, and ER-25 Musicians Earplug filters and MusicPRO® Electronic earplugs. She received an honorarium for presenting this course. Non-financial: Patricia Tillman Johnson has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Content Disclosure: This learning event focuses on the following Etymotic Research products and will not include information on other products or services: ER-20® and ER-20®xs High-fidelity earplugs, ER-9, ER-15, and ER-25 Musicians Earplug and MusicPRO® Electronic earplugs.

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American Academy of Audiology

American Academy of Audiology

AudiologyOnline is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 0.1 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy's Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.

Australian College of Audiology

Australian College of Audiology

AudiologyOnline courses are approved for Continuing Education Points by the Australian College of Audiology. Automatic ACAud Approval Number 20000. This course is offered for 1 CEP.

Association of Hearing Instrument Practitioners of Ontario

Association of Hearing Instrument Practitioners of Ontario

The Association of Hearing Instrument Practitioners of Ontario (AHIP) represents and guide its members in their practice which include, the testing and selecting, fitting and dispensing hearing instruments and associated devices in the best interest of the hard of hearing of Ontario. Audiology Online is an approved provider of approved educational activities for AHIP Members. One hour of coursework equals 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

British Academy of Audiology

British Academy of Audiology

This course has been accredited with 1 CPD point/s by the British Academy of Audiology.

Canadian Academy of Audiology

Canadian Academy of Audiology

The Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA) supports and assists its members in the attainment of continuing education towards an individual professional development plan as required by their Provincial Regulatory Colleges and Provincial Associations. Audiology Online is an approved provider of educational activities for CAA members. Each hour of activity may be counted as one Continuous Learning Activity Credit (or equivalent) as allowed by the applicable regulatory college or association.

California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board is approved by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board as a Continuing Professional Development Provider, approval number PDP 267. This course may meet the requirements for 1 hours of continuing education credit for audiologists as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board. The responsibility for determining whether or not this specific course counts toward an individual's requirements for license renewal is up to the individual. Please refer to the CA state board rules regarding allowable topics and self-study limits:

International Hearing Society

International Hearing Society

This program is approved by the International Hearing Society and its educational committee, the International Institute for Hearing Instruments Studies. To learn more about earning IHS CE Credit, click here.

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services

Kansas Department of Health and Environment: Approved for 1 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed Audiologists by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Long-Term Sponsorship number LTS-S0035.

New Zealand Audiological Society

New Zealand Audiological Society

This course is offered for 1.0 Continuing Education points through the New Zealand Audiological Society.

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada

Clinically certified members of Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) can accumulate continuing education equivalents (CEEs) for their participation with AudiologyOnline. One hour of coursework equals 1 CEE. All SAC members are encouraged to participate in on-going education.