UNCG Hearing protection program

About the UNCG School of Music Hearing Protection Program

The UNCG School of Music is committed to educating and protecting an incredibly valuable asset for all musicians – your hearing. Research conducted at UNCG and in the community has provided undeniable information that sounds experienced by musicians have the potential to cause a hearing loss.

Each year all undergraduate students enrolled in an ensemble have a hearing screening performed by audiology doctoral candidates from UNCG’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Their hearing conservation record is maintained throughout their time at UNCG, and any concerns noted are discussed with the students.

When You Take A Test

All undergraduate students enrolled in a music ensemble – regardless of their major – are required to have their hearing tested. Generally first years and seniors are tested in the fall and sophomores and juniors are tested during the spring semester.

View the basics of hearing conservation (PDF format).

How To Sign Up

Hearing tests are administered Monday-Thursday from 8:15 until 10:30am.

Click here to sign up.

FAQs

  • All sounds, good and bad, have the potential to cause a noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Both loud sounds as well as prolonged medium volume sounds could be problematic; if you exceed your maximum daily dose of sound, you could be at risk of developing NIHL.
  • Your professors want to ensure that your studies here at UNCG are not damaging your hearing. They also want to give you to opportunity to ask questions and learn how to protect your hearing.
  • Yes, it is also a course requirement if you are enrolled in an ensemble. (undergraduate only – graduate students, this is not currently a requirement).

All undergraduate students enrolled in an ensemble are required to take a hearing test sometime during the academic year. If your course begins with “ENS,” then it’s an ensemble! This includes large ensembles, pep band, and chamber music.

Hearing tests are administered Monday-Thursday from 8:15 until 10:30am.

Click here to sign up.

Generally first years and seniors are tested in the fall and sophomores and juniors are tested during the spring semester.

Room 161. That’s near the percussion area, underneath the piano labs.

Monday-Thursday 8:15am to 10:30am.

We need to test before you are exposed to music-making sounds – that can impact your results.

Yes. We’ll send you reminders from heartest@uncg.edu.

You can ask the audiologists when you go for your test, or you can email Dr. Libera anytime – heartest@uncg.edu. She’ll also follow-up with you after your test.

Earplugs are available for purchase ($10) in the music building box office – just outside of room 217. Their hours are 12-1pm and 5-6pm, Mon-Fri. If you have questions on how to use them, just email heartest@uncg.edu

  • Once upon a time some of your professors were doing a research study, but that particular study has ended. Here in the music school, we are focused on protecting your hearing,
  • However, our audiologists are doing research for their doctoral dissertations and may need your help. If you are asked to participate in a study, please keep an open mind and consider helping them with their work.
  • More than likely you will be tested by a doctoral candidate form UNCG’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Many of them are in the final stages before earning their PhD or AuD (Doctor of Audiology) and are about to join an audiology or ENT practice or engage in research full-time. They are awesome.
  • You may also be tested by Dr. Rebecca Libera. Dr. Libera is a Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist (COHC) and is also a Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist (HIS) with 5+ years in a private audiology practice. She’s also a performing musician, and has done research in the sound exposures experienced by musicians in large ensembles.

Questions?

Email heartest@uncg.edu. If you have a problem with the hearing test, just let us know. We can work with nearly any problem, but only if you let us know.

Contact Information

Dr. Rebecca Libera
heartest@uncg.edu
336-303-8741 (call or text)