How often do we really think about our hearing health as musicians? Do we realise how great the risks to hearing damage actually are and how to protect ourselves adequately? How might we navigate a change in career path within, or outside of the music profession and how can we discern and communicate our desire to diversify?
Today I am speaking with trainee audiologist and percussionist, Matt Frost. Matt Frost is partially deaf. Diagnosed with hearing loss at 17, he pursued his musical dream undeterred, training as an orchestral percussionist at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Reckoning with hearing loss in an industry defined by the perception of sound changed the way he related to music entirely and set in motion a whole new vocation of protecting others’ hearing health.
Upon graduating in 2019, Matt began working for Harley Street Hearing and the Musicians’ Hearing Services as a clinical Practice Assistant. It is at this intersection between the worlds of music and audiology that he feels he can best serve others. He is thrilled to now be training as an audiologist at Harley Street Hearing as he works towards a degree in Hearing Aid Audiology with Anglia Ruskin University.