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Three more audiologists earn Sensaphonics Gold Circle certification

Posted: September 27, 2019

(Chicago, IL – September 12, 2019) Sensaphonics, the pro audio industry leader in hearing health, recently educated three audiologists in the fine art of working with musicians at a Gold Circle Seminar in Chicago. This two-day event covers a wide range of insights on the specific needs of musicians, whose workplace requires ongoing exposure to damaging levels of loud sound. Sensaphonics President, Dr. Michael Santucci, designed the seminar to teach audiologists the realities of today’s music industry, with a focus on the proper use of in-ear monitors and hearing protection.

“When it comes to in-ears, most musicians do not know how to protect their hearing, and most audiologists have no idea what stage monitoring is like,” notes Dr. Santucci. “The Gold Circle seminar is designed to share the knowledge that both groups require in order to create a great performance experience for musicians while still protecting their hearing.”

Three audiologists earned their Gold Circle certification: Dr. Margaret Richards of The Hearing Center in Pensacola, FL; Dr. Natalie Crossland of Holland Doctors of Audiology in Holland, MI; and Dr. Shawna Jackson of the Callier Center at U. of Texas-Dallas.

Gold Circle audiologists are taught the proper method for taking ear impressions, but the seminar goes far beyond such basics. Through classroom sessions at Sensaphonics offices and a hands-on live rehearsal session with a live band, the audiologists learn specifics on how to recommend the best products for each musician’s listening situation, how sound systems work, the innate challenges of stage monitoring, plus backstage etiquette and marketing tips.

Held at Mystery Street Recording Company in Chicago, the seminar’s live music segment featured a 3-piece band called Microcosms using IEMs for the first time. Working with Sensaphonics consultant and Mystery Street owner Joe Tessone, the audiologists worked with the band directly, experiencing the difficulty of hearing other instruments over the drummer, then observing how in-ears help address that issue by creating isolation. The band members noted that the in-ears allowed them to hear themselves much more clearly, and that vocals were greatly enhanced without having to scream above floor wedges.

“It’s always gratifying to work with a band that appreciates the benefits of in-ears the first time they try them,” says Dr. Santucci. “In the same way, Sensaphonics Gold Circle audiologists learn how they can help musicians and sound engineers in their communities to have better performance while preserving their hearing with the right expertise, products, and advice.”

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Welcome New Members in 2019

Amy Sapodin, The Advanced Hearing Center
Brian Fligor, Tobias & Battite, Inc.
Cathy Porter, WestRock PaperMill
Christopher Smalt, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Elia Enriquez, CONSAO
Jeffrey Hamer, 3M
Jorge Morales Camino, Corporativo Procter & Gamble
Kristy Deiters, Hearing Services & Systems
Lisa Richards, UT Dallas
Michael Krause, Veritox
Stacy O'Brien, Atlantic Audiology
Stacy Paradis, 3M
Stephen Tasko, Western Michigan University
Susan Faske, Atlantic Audiology


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In support of 2019 World Hearing Day (March 3), the World Health Organization launched a free application for mobile devices which allows people to check their hearing regularly and intervene early in case of hearing loss. The app is targeted at those who are at risk of hearing loss or who already experience some of the symptoms related to hearing loss. This hearing test is based on the digits-in-noise technology that mimics everyday noise environments and it is a sensitive tool for detecting hearing loss. 

Among those who will particularly benefit from this new tool include people who are often exposed to high levels of sound, such as those who listen to loud music or work in noisy places; people who use medicines that are harmful to hearing; and people aged above 60 years. Symptoms indicating the onset of hearing loss include a ringing sensation in the ear, known as tinnitus; frequently missing parts of a conversation; or a tendency to increase the volume of television, radio or audio devices.

Early detection of hearing loss is crucial to identify risky behaviors that need to be changed and ascertain the most appropriate intervention needed to address hearing loss. Such interventions are identified by hearing care professionals and can range from captioning and sign language to hearing aids and cochlear implants. Interventions to prevent, identify and address hearing loss are cost-effective.

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