IN THE MEDIA
Here you will find samples of media that has featured Dr. Heather Malyuk for her expertise in hearing protection, wellness, and conservation.
June 1, 2016
Fresh on the heels of Brian Johnson’s stunning departure from AC/DC’s current tour due to the threat of total deafness, many musicians will tell you that their hearing is extremely important, but few do anything to protect it. Why?
To find out, we sat down with audiologists Heather Malyuk, AuD, director of Sensaphonics Hearing Wellness and Michael Santucci, AuD, owner and founder of the company, about what every musician should know about their hearing. Malyuk and Santucci treat everyone from hobby musicians to legendary rock stars and Grammy winners, often seeing patients backstage when they tour through Chicago...
What You Need To Know About Hearing Conservation: Behind the Scenes with Sensaphonics
April 7, 2015
“Your hearing is your most important piece of gear, and it’s the only one you can’t replace.” -Cheryl Jennison DaProza; Media Relations Specialist, Shure Inc. This statement really struck me when I was re-visiting one of Shure’s webinars on personal monitoring systems. It’s so true! As a musician, if you can’t hear, you’ve got nothing. If you’re playing music at loud levels frequently without taking precautions, you’re likely on your way to extreme hearing loss. If you’re at all like musicians I know, you save up your money for that dream guitar or your dream keyboard, while things like ear plugs or custom molds tend to fall on the back burner of priority items. Doesn’t it seem silly to feel justified in spending thousands of dollars on flashy guitars, then feel reluctant to spend a couple hundred on molds that could save your hearing?
Hearing loss is one of the most commonly ignored health conditions in America today, which is why I enlisted the expertise of Heather Malyuk at Sensaphonics to shed some light on the issue. I caught up with the audiologist to tell us exactly what we can do to save this vital piece of gear for musicians...
Protecting Our Greatest Asset
At the ICSOM conference in Washington DC, Dr. Heather Malyuk, a full-time music audiologist, offered vital information about hearing damage and loss and the best ways to proactively avoid and/or treat them. She urged us to take care of our hearing with the same devotion that athletes keep themselves in shape, and to think of ourselves as “small muscle athletes”. Trained as a violinist, she recalled how teachers offered her a vast array of ways to improve—an example was how to fully engage spinal muscles—but that none of them ever delved into how to conserve or protect one’s hearing...
Musicians and Hearing Loss
December 18, 2017
The relationship between hearing damage and exposure to sound has been studied in orchestral musicians for about 25 years. The European Union has long recognized the danger of environmental noise, and regulations stipulate that ear protection must be worn in any workplace where decibel levels exceed 85 dB, and that includes orchestras. Friends of mine who play in German orchestras report that, for years, they have worn ear protection provided by the German government...