May 23, 2008
Sensaphonics has completed its spring Golden Circle seminar series, with 7 more audiologists added to the company’s network of musician-certified practitioners. The 2-day seminars, presented at Sensaphonics’ Chicago headquarters by president Michael Santucci and sound engineering consultant Thom Fiegle, are designed to train audiologists on how to meet the special needs of musicians and sound engineers.
“The music market is very different from mainstream audiology,” Santucci notes. “Customers are using in-ear monitoring as a professional tool, and aren’t necessarily concerned about hearing problems. It’s our job as audiologists to do more than just provide impressions for custom earphones. We must also take the role of hearing consultant for musicians, advising them and encouraging safe listening strategies that can prolong their careers by preventing long-term damage.”
The Golden Circle seminars are structured to provide a unique opportunity for audiologists to gain insight into how concert audio works, the technical details behind in-ear monitoring, backstage etiquette and hands-on experience in working with a live band. Sensaphonics’ small-group approach was created to provide all attendees an opportunity to interact closely and ask questions. Participants also get a tour of the company’s custom earphone manufacturing laboratory, and the Musicians’ Hearing Clinic – reportedly the only facility of its kind among music industry manufacturers.