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Musicians' use of hearing protectors

For possible inclusion in the list:

Can Musicians practice with hearing protectors?

European governments are considering rules for
musicians' mandatory use of hearing protectors during
training, rehearsals and concerts - much in line
with regulations for industrial workers.

However, very little seems to be known of a crucial problem:

How will the use of specially designed protectors affect the
quality of performance for players of various instruments; e.g.
strings, brass, woodwind, percussion?  Singers, conductors?

Any information, suggestions and comments on this and related
problems will be welcomed by

Ole Juhl Pedersen
Associate prof. emeritus.
Technical University of Denmark