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Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has responded to unprecedented demand for its Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme by launching more audiology clinic locations and opening up its eligibility criteria to include music journalists, producers, technicians and more.
The scheme gives musicians access to a specialist hearing assessment and bespoke hearing protection worth over £200 for the subsidised amount of £40.
Since launching in 2016, nearly 3,000 musicians have benefited from the scheme, with the charity forecasting around 21,000 more musicians to take part by 2021.
The scheme – delivered by audiologist partners Musicians’ Hearing Services and the Musicians’ Union – was launched following a 2015 HMUK survey that revealed that musicians are four times more likely to suffer hearing damage than the general population.
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