Article Review

Rock On…with Caution: Hearing Loss Risk in Musicians

Earmark's Frank Wartinger, AuD, was interviewed for a recent article titled "Rock On…with Caution: Hearing Loss Risk in Musicians" published in the Hearing Journal…

A Music-Lover's Guide to Tinnitus

Frank Wartinger contributed insight and clinically-based commentary to a powerful article written by Angus Finlayson (@angusWFinlayson) for the electronic music publication Resident Advisor. The feature of the article is the powerful accounts of two musician's with tinnitus and how the auditory condition has shaped their lives and...

Hearing Wellness for Musicians

Dr. Frank Wartinger wrote a brief "Patient Handout" document titled "Hearing Wellness for Musicians", published in the April Issue of The Hearing Journal. In the document, he outlined practical solutions to reduce the risk of music-induced hearing disorders (MIHD) in rehearsals and performances...

Safety Headphones: Not All Are Made Equal

The Wirecutter just released an analysis of Volume Limiting Earphones, otherwise known as 'Safe' or 'Kids' headphones. Besides confirming that many do in fact protect our children's hearing, it was revealed that many fail to serve up the kind of results we would expect...

Motorcycle Riding Earplugs Review

Etymotic ER-20XS earplugs for motorcyclists

Hearing Protection for Motorcyclists

Although Earmark primarily works with musicians, we keep our ear to the ground for all things sound and hearing related. There exists considerable interest in hearing conservation in other other circles outside of music... after all, we aren't the only ones that make a lot of noise and care about our hearing. Motorcyclists are exposed to constant high noise levels, and many have taken to earplugs to help keep their hearing safe from the road, engine, and wind noise.

Motorcyclist Online published several articles pertaining to hearing protection use over the years. Most recently, a review of the Etymotic ER•20XS earplugs was particularly helpful.

Earplug Options for the Open Road

If you're interested in discussing your hearing, hearing protection options, or obtaining custom hearing protection devices, contact Dr. Frank Wartinger for a free phone consultation.

Tinnitus and DJing

Ean Golden, the man behind the site, laid out a personal and practical account of tinnitus and, in a larger sense, what it means to have your career path altered by auditory damage...

Science of Hearing Wellness

Dr. Michael Santucci, the founder and president of Sensaphonics, Inc., recently penned a concise and thoughtful review on discussing the science of sound, hearing, and hearing wellness for the musical community. The entire article is clear and expertly laid out, but I want to bring special attention to the last line...

Hearing Protection Myths and Recommendations: The Lowdown from Two Rock-Star Audiologists

Reverb, the gear-driven marketplace/community, may be young (started in 2013) but it is proving to be wise beyond its years. With a series of articles regarding hearing wellness...

Army's Smart Earplug Damps Explosive Noise, But Can Enhance Whispers

NPR recently aired an accurate and well produced piece about the Army's newest efforts to address communication and hearing conservation for soldiers.

Similar technology is available for hunters, construction workers, and others in need of situational awareness as well as sound isolation from high intensity impulse sounds... but it tends to look so much cooler when paired with fatigues and worn by a guy who's name is "Sgt. Bacon".

Pearl Jam and MusiCares joining forces

Hearing Protection at Concerts

Making hearing protection at concerts a positive headline is something we can get behind. Good on you, Pearl Jam! 

MusiCares is Raising Awareness

MusiCares is the charitable arm of the Grammy Foundation and the Recording Academy. Their mission statement says it all: 

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.

Read more about this exciting partnership that is bringing considerable attention to hearing wellness in the concert attendee audience. 

"Stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss”

Doctors advised AC/DC singer Brian Johnson to "stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss."

I hope there is more to this story, for Brian Johnson's sake. Not only is AC/DC known as one of the loudest bands of all time (, Mr. Johnson has cited race car driving as a cause for hearing damage in past interviews. Whatever may be the exact cause, musicians like Brian Johnson rely on their hearing to deliver their performances, night after night. It is a real tragedy when a performer can no longer continue due to hearing problems.