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Our office in Camden for the Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme is closed at 5.30pm on Friday 21st December and re-opening on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.  If you need any assistance inbetween time please e-mail info@musicianshearingservices.co.uk.

For anything unrelated to the Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme please call our main line Harley Street number 020 7486 1053 and we will be delighted to assist you.

DJ Eats EverythingDJ Eats Everything interview…

“You’ve got to look after your ears. I use ACS custom earplugs. I used to have the AR15s but I got Pro 17s now.”

High-fidelity earplugs allow you to hear the music clearly whilst lowering the volume so you don’t damage your hearing. To many people’s surprise there are affordable (£10+), universal high-fidelity earplugs on the market for music lovers. Like for Dan, custom earplugs are the standard choice for most musicians. These set you back around £130 and include a hearing test, ear moulding and the actual product. The Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme has been an integral part of making sure musicians are protecting their hearing. Offered by Musicians Hearing Services, in partnership with Help Musicians UK and the Musicians’ Union, any musician who earns their living through the music industry are eligible for discounted custom earplugs.

“I get my earplugs through the Musicians Hearing Services. Yeah it’s really good man. I lose so many pairs as well. I always buy three pairs and then my tour manager has a pair, I have a pair and then there is one at home so when I lose one of them I always have a backup. Then I reorder another pair so there is always three. Safety first!”

The Musicians Hearing Services have been going for over 25 years, working with other prominent artists such as Chris Martin from Coldplay, Bicep and Zane Lowe to protect their hearing. Unfortunately, according to Dan, lots still don’t protect their hearing.

“I’ve seen a few more artists [protect their hearing] but still a lot of them don’t wear them. I’m like what the fuck? They all say they can’t DJ, but you’ve just got to learn. I mean I didn’t really enjoy it at the start but it was just something that I had to do. I’ve been doing it like this for 14-15 years so it’s just totally normal to me now.”

To see the full allears campaign interview click here


The world is getting louder and putting your hearing at risk.  Marie Claire’s article features an interview with Gladys Akinseye- Harley Street Hearing Audiologist and Hearing Therapist; who talks of seeing an increasing amount of younger people seeking help with their hearing.

You don’t need to see your GP to be seen by an audiologist.  Custom-made hearing protection can help save your ears from harmful noise while not affecting sound around you.  Harley Street Hearing and Musicians’ Hearing Services specialise in hearing protection.

Click on the image below to read the full article.Marie Claire Front cover May 2018

BBC ‘Click’ reviewed new hearing technology and requested the assistance of Harley Street Hearing Partner Matthew Allsop to trial and give his feedback.  To watch the programme please click on the image below, Matthew’s review starts half way through the programme at 15 minutes.

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Our new clinic is open at 85-87 Bayham Street, Camden, London NW1 0AG.

For the Musicians Hearing Health Scheme, microsuction, hearing tests and impressions.  Call 020 7486 1053 option 1 to book the next available appointment.

Read Paul Checkley-Clinical Director at Musicians’ Hearing Services contribution to the Independent’s article on how likely are you, as someone who might enjoy going regularly to gigs and nightclubs, to get tinnitus.

Read the original article on the Independent website.

How likely are you, as someone who might enjoy going regularly to gigs or nightclubs, to get tinnitus, the hearing condition where the high-pitched ringing in your ears after a night of loud music becomes a permanent, often debilitating reality?

The question is an increasingly relevant one for clubbers and festival-goers as high-profile cases of the condition, and a greater understanding of the dangers, if not any reliable cures, have yielded a string of awareness-raising: long features in music magazines, discussions in online music forums and artists affected speaking out, from Larry Heard to Forest Swords to Debonair.

Tinnitus happens as follows: when your ears are exposed to loud noise, the many hair cells in your cochlea, the coiled spiral tube in your inner ear, get “trampled on”, like blades of grass trampled on by shoes. A night of heavy noise results in excessive trampling, and before these hair cells grow back, the cochlea’s ability to send noise signals to the brain is weakened. In response, your brain actively “seeks out” signals from part of the cochlea that still work, and these signals can become over-represented in the brain – this is the imaginary ringing or buzzing noise in the background, or “phantom auditory perception”.

It is increasingly common to see ravers wearing ear plugs in nightclubs across the world

This is why after a night of intense music in a club or at a gig, you can hear that ringing for a day or two as the hair cells in your cochlea grow back. Eventually, with enough instances of trampling, like grass, at some point they don’t grow back and the ringing is permanent. Every tinnitus sufferer’s ringing is different – it can be hissing, bleeping, a metallic clanging. While the effects of tinnitus do usually dampen over time, it can cause sleep problems, stress, anxiety and depression, in the most severe cases. Around 600,000 people in the UK suffer from tinnitus, and though there are plenty of treatments to help deal with the effects, there are as yet no reliable cures.

But at what level of loudness does noise start trampling your ear’s hair cells? An oft-quoted warning is that after exposure of a 100db sound source of over 15 minutes, your ears are “at risk”, whether that be to tinnitus or other types of hearing damage. Sound is measured logarithmically, so for every 3db increase in noise level, the “safe” exposure time is halved.

Given the music at most nightclubs and gigs will be comfortably between 100 and 110db if you are near the speakers – a digital decibel reader above the DJ booth at Corsica Studios in South London measures around 105db consistently for hours on end on a typical night – this isn’t hugely helpful, given no-one wants to be taking breaks every 15 minutes.

That 15-minute, 100db warning is European Union health & safety regulation for employees in high-noise work environments. The ability for a punter to move further away from the speakers is greater for gigs over nightclubs, but for those who want to enjoy dancefloors of that decibel level for long periods, unpicking what the nature and severity of this “at risk” danger is a notoriously elusive exercise.

The frustrating fact is that there is no particular level of noise for any given person that will guarantee tinnitus, and it is different for every raver. One person can go to Fabric for eight hours every weekend for many years and their cochlea’s hair cells always grow back after trampling, while their best friend can contract tinnitus from a single half an hour of Section Boyz at the O2.

Audiologists, in a 2009 review of the research on susceptibility to noise damage, refer to this as “one of the most remarkable features” of noise-induced hearing loss, an extreme “interindividual variability” that means two people exposed to exactly the same level of noise can have wildly different reactions in their ears.

The primary factor that determines a person’s susceptibility is genetic. There is some evidence to suggest that certain environmental factors, such as high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol, and smoking, contribute to the risk factor – however the causal link is yet to be defined clearly.

And unfortunately there is also no more than a tenuous link between a healthy lifestyle and avoiding tinnitus; consumption of alcohol and drugs do not increase the risk of tinnitus themselves, only doing so indirectly by making us lower our perception of risks of those around us, whether that be excessive exposure to loud noise or the possibility of being hit by a car if you stumble drunkenly into a busy street.

It is not crystal clear the exact genetic determinant of a person’s susceptibility, though researchers are starting to have some idea. In work done by Action on Hearing Loss, five genes were identified that influence a person’s sensitivity to tinnitus and noise-induced hearing damage in general, related respectively to the supply of potassium, and antioxidants, in a person’s ear. Potassium flows into the hair cells to send information to the brain about noise coming in. Hair cells also produce toxic, oxidised by-products called ‘free radicals’ when they use a lot of energy, and the cells’ process of neutralising them can be overwhelmed.

Genes involved in both the recycling of potassium within the cochlea and the process to deal with ‘free radicals’ determine a person’s susceptibility to noise. However, there’s unfortunately no accessible way to identify a person’s genetic strands that relate to these functions. Knowledge of these processes may be useful in future to develop drugs that target toxic by-products or the deficiency of potassium in the cochlea after a person has suffered noise damage, but so far the drugs are yet to be developed in a reliable way that does not produce harmful side effects.

Can we at least test how damaged a given person’s hair cells are – how much pre-tinnitus trampling they have endured? The most useful test, says audiologist Paul Checkley of Harley Street Hearing, is something called an ‘otoacoustic emission test’, which can show hair cell damage over the respective frequencies for people with early signs of tinnitus. However, it does not reliably measure cumulative “trampling”, and is also not hugely accessible as an informative check-up – appointments and referrals are typically required.

The ability for most people’s hair cells to grow back in their first few years of partying, coupled with the ignorance over the long-term resilience of an individual person’s cells, allows a situation where ravers simply hope they aren’t one of the unlucky ones, and trust the ringing will continue fading away a day after every new exposure. However, many dedicated ravers are becoming socially accustomed to the most reliable significant preventative measure, of wearing ear plugs in nightclubs, especially given the availability of a wide range of options of high-end plugs that do not diminish the immersiveness and quality of sound.

Taking breaks, says spokesperson for Action on Hearing Loss Gorki Duhra, is also key, as persistent exposure without breaks denies your cochlea’s ability to regrow hair cells. Going for a cigarette break every hour is, conveniently, being kind to your ears. Before the research on genetic susceptibility and reliable cures develops further, such preventative self-care is a wise idea.

Rebecca KempIt’s felt like a revelation to come across Harley St. Hearing.   As a tour manager, on the road a lot with musicians, I have been frustrated by the limitations of my current NHS hearing aids to process music in a natural way, not to mention day to day speech. I am so excited at the prospect of beginning a journey with Harley St. Hearing, to find a solution for me that can really work regarding music, but in so many other situations too. The loveliness and warmth of all the staff also makes a huge difference. Paul Checkley is so understanding and his experience and insight is dearly appreciated. 5 STAR review – Rebecca Kemp

I began playing electric guitar in my teens, and have been touring with my band, The Boomtown Rats, since 1974, which means my ears have been subjected to high volumes of sound for most of my life.

About four years ago, I became aware that I was finding it increasingly difficult to take part in group conversations.  I couldn’t hear clearly what people were saying, and, rather than continuously asking everyone to repeat themselves, or telling them off for their poor diction, I would often limit myself to smiling and nodding, sometimes inappropriately, instead of being an active participant.  The television at home would always be at close to maximum volume, with the treble turned up full, and it was the same when I listened to music.  I even got rid of a nice acoustic guitar, as I thought it had begun to sound dull.

My father suffered from deafness from his mid-fifties but he was too proud to use the hearing aids which were available at the time. I had some sympathy with him, as they were the sort of bulky, ugly appliances which have given rise to the expression “hearing-aid beige”. However, it was sad to see him become more and more isolated and I did not want to go the same way as him.

Eventually, I accepted that I must have a problem with my own hearing. A friend told me that a guitar hero of mine, who I knew suffered from deafness as a result of being exposed to ridiculous levels of onstage volume since the 1960s, had been to Harley Street Hearing and was now using Phonak hearing aids, so I telephoned them and made an appointment for a hearing assessment. This turned out to be the best thing I have done for myself in a very long time.

I now use a pair of Phonak hearing aids, which are practically invisible, and they have transformed my life. I can now hear the full spectrum of audible frequencies and can enjoy the beautiful sound of my Martin acoustic guitar again.

Thank you, Harley Street Hearing & Musicians’ Hearing Services!

Garrick Roberts


half_a_sixpenceWe’re proud to be supplying the casts’ custom-made musicians earplugs and testing their hearing for this amazing award-winning musical, which has been extended till September this year.

A completely fresh adaptation which reunites book-writer Julian Fellowes (Oscar-winning screenwriter and creator of Downton Abbey) with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the musical team that co-creator Cameron Mackintosh first put together to create the hit stage adaptation of Mary Poppins with Disney.

For more details click here 

University of Leeds projectThis amazing project is looking for hearing aid users who listen to music to complete a survey.  Our Clinical Director, Paul Checkley, is on the the advisory panel for the ‘Hearing Aids for Music’ project (based at the University of Leeds) which is currently exploring how hearing loss and the use of hearing aid technology affects musical experiences. The team have just launched an online survey and are looking to recruit as many hearing aid users as possible to take part. The survey takes around 30 minutes to complete and asks you about your hearing, hearing aids, levels of musical training, and experiences of listening in different settings . If you are a hearing aid user, please click here to complete the survey. For more details about the research please watch the video please click here 


dj-mag-half-page-ad-200x141-ffTo book your appointment for custom-made musicians earplugs for £150, please call 020 7 486 1053 or click here to e-mail.  Don’t forget to quote DJ Mag to take advantage of this offer.

Motown the musicalWe’ve been testing the hearing for the West End show’s crew, which is now on at The Shaftesbury Theatre.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL follows the legendary career of Berry Gordy and the creation of his musical empire, Motown Records.  The show  tells the thrilling tale of the man who broke barriers and fought against the odds to define the sound of a generation – complete with the ups and downs of the personal relationships, the professional struggles, and – of course – the music that made history. Discover the story behind the beat that changed minds, touched lives and took the world by storm.  MOTOWN THE MUSICAL shows how one label and its roster of legendary artists created the soundtrack that transformed America and gave the world a new musical vocabulary – the Motown Sound. With over 40 classic songs such as “My Girl”, “Stop! In The Name of Love”, “Dancing in the Street”, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, this explosive event is the next chapter of Motown’s incredible history – and an experience you’ll never forget.  For further information on the show click here


WICKED_Silk2016_Square logoWe’re providing hearing advice and support to Wicked – the musical’s crew.  Wicked is celebrating it’s 10th birthday this year and has been called “One of the greatest musicals of our time”  Daily Mail

If you think you know the Wicked Witch of the West, think again…

When Dorothy famously triumphed over the Wicked Witch, we only ever heard one side of the story. Gregory Maguire’s acclaimed 1995 novel, ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, re-imagined the Land of Oz, creating a parallel universe to the familiar story written by L. Frank Baum and first published as ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ in 1900.

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.

Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths.Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future.

Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

The multi award-winning classic musical, which is now the 8th longest running show in the West End, has show-stopping songs by Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz and is adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman (My So Called Life).

For more information about Wicked click here or if you need hearing advice contact us

Help Musicians Play On square logoGiving all professional musicians in the UK affordable access to specialist hearing assessments and hearing protection,for a one-off fee of £40 (£30 for MU members).

Brought to you in partnership with Help Musicians UK, Musicians Hearing Services and the Musicians’ Union, to create the Musicians Hearing Health Scheme.  For further info and to see if you are eligible to apply click here

Guys & Dolls PosterMusicians from the Guys & Dolls production have been visiting us to have their hearing checked.

Guys & Dolls has been joined by Award-winning actor Rebel Wilson (as Miss Adelaide) only at the Phoenix Theatre until Sunday 21 August this year.

Guys And Dolls, the classic stage musical from Frank Loesser, Joe Sweling and Abe Burrows remains in the West End in 2016.






Musician's Hearing Services - protecting your musical futureAt Musicians Hearing Services we specialise in all aspects of hearing to enhance your listening pleasure and communication in everyday life.  We’ve been serving the entertainment industry for 25 years, so, whether you want advice or impressions for in-ear monitors and musicians hearing protection; or hearing tests and advice on tinnitus or hearing loss call 020 7486 1053 or click here to email us.

Rihanna Germany MHS 3

The Harley Street Hearing and Musicians Hearing Services group have been going global recently. Our practice was contacted by one of the biggest names in the music industry, Rihanna, to take ear impressions for in-ear monitors.

Rihanna the chart topping, eight time Grammy award winning artist who has millions of gold and platinum (riaa) song certifications is on the European leg of her ANTI world tour.  She is set to travel to 18 different countries around Europe, with her shows in the UK going down a storm.

She was due to perform in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday the 9th of July. This is where our journey with Rihanna began.


Rihanna Germany MHS 1The call came in late Thursday from Rihanna’s tour manager; she needed impressions taken for new in ear monitors and we had come highly recommended. They were currently in Copenhagen, but were set to travel to Germany for Saturdays show. Could we help? “OF COURSE!” We reminded them of the minor detail that our practice and our audiologists were based in London or Manchester, this was not a problem, they arranged flights to and from Hamburg, with accommodation for an overnight stay.


“I was the chosen audiologist to go & packed my bags and the equipment I needed; and was on the Heathrow express from Paddington station to terminal 5.  Arriving in Hamburg I was met by Martin the driver who took me to the Park Hyatt Hotel in the centre of the city.  Driving through the cities suburbs Martin pointed out the Rotherbaum tennis arena, and the University of Hamburg.


Rihanna Germany MHS 2All checked in to the hotel, I received a call from Rhianna’s tour manager.  He was going to send a driver to pick me up at 8 o’clock to bring me to the arena, so I could watch the show and then be on standby, as I was going to take impressions after her performance.

Jan (the runner for the tour) picked me up, he joked that he needed to find “roasted salted cashew nuts”, which by the sounds of it were not that readily available in Germany.  We eventually found a supermarket which stocked these and the jubilation on Jan’s face was priceless; we could finally head to the arena.


Rihanna Germany MHS 4On arrival a VIP badge was hoisted around my neck, I was shown to the golden circle where I could watch the show which had already started.  Rhianna put in a great performance, her hit single “Work” being the highlight. How ironic, here I was in Hamburg, AT WORK, with Rihanna……


The show was over.  Buzzing from her performance it was my time to shine!  I was shown into her dressing room at around half past midnight, Rihanna stood up shook my hand and asked me where I was from. “London” I replied. We exchanged conversation, discussing rumours of playing  perform at Glastonbury. Mimicking my English accent with playful jest I then took 2 sets of impressions. We hugged, I wished her good luck for the rest of her tour, then I was driven back to the hotel by Jan as we joked about the “salted roasted cashew nuts”.


After breakfast Sebastian drove me to the airport the following morning.  He noted that Hamburg was the city with the most bridges in Europe, more than Venice (an interesting fact). On the flight back to London I reflected on my trip to Hamburg and how incredible Rhianna’s performance and her kind and approachable personality were.”

The Impressions were then sent to a manufacturer in the United States who produce high performance in-ear-monitors.

In ear monitors are a small wireless device, worn by the performer, which would deliver the monitor mix directly to the ear at a volume that could be personally controlled. The in-ear-monitor gives around 30 dB sound isolation which in turn protects the performer’s ears. It is fantastic that  stars such as Rihanna are taking steps to protecting their hearing, as a big drive by the World Health Organisation recently aims to tackle preventable hearing loss caused by noise. There are a number of solutions for individuals of any age to start protecting their hearing. Take a look at our website

Jack Stancel-Lewis – Audiologist – Harley Street Hearing & Musicians Hearing Services.

If you need ear impressions or any advice on hearing issues call 020 7486 1053 or click here

Kinky Boots-LON_Portrait_LOGO_STRAPLINEWe’re delighted to be offering hearing advice and support to Olivier award-winning Kinky Boots the musical, now at the Adelphi Theatre. For details of the show click here








Musician's Hearing Services - protecting your musical futureAt Musicians Hearing Services we specialise in all aspects of hearing to enhance your listening pleasure and communication in everyday life.  We’ve been serving the entertainment industry for 25 years, so, whether you want advice or impressions for in-ear monitors and musicians hearing protection; or hearing tests and advice on tinnitus or hearing loss call 020 7486 1053 or click here to email us.

BTA Awareness Week 2016 Logo - LeftIn support for Tinnitus Awareness Week from 8th February to 7th March 2016 only

Just call 020 7486 1053 and quote TAW 135, or, out of normal office hours, please e-mail info@musicianshearingservices.co.uk with your preferred dates and times.

You will need to come in for ear impressions – so that your earplugs are a perfect fit.


Our clinics are located in:-MHS-B1 (2)

  • Harley Street
  • Golders Green
  • Cheadle, Greater Manchester


(For Greater Manchester please call 0161 491 1943 or e-mail info@nwhearing.co.uk)



David Temple Conductor“Hearing loss for anyone can be hard to cope with but if you are conductor of music, it can be career threatening.  A couple of years ago, I acquired a hearing aid on the NHS which I was reasonably happy with but in the past year I have gone for a new ‘in-ear’ hearing aid from the North London Hearing clinic in Golders Green.  This has transformed my life and has restored my hearing to how it was when I was young man.

Not only is this brilliant in rehearsals and concerts but it makes a massive difference in recording sessions, where I can wear headphones as normal, without having to take my hearing aid in and out.  Regrets?…..  the only one is that I didn’t do it 5 years earlier.  It is not cheap but it improves your quality of life beyond words.”


eric-hillPlaying and listening to music, especially the acoustic classical guitar, has been central to my life. After far too many years putting up with tinnitus, (a hissing radiator sound), and a habit of frequently asking people  to repeat words, I conquered my professional musician, psychological barriers to wearing hearing aids and sought help. I first tried the NHS and discovered that the free hearing aids made violins in particular sound like chalk scraping on a blackboard.  A love of music was not made very important in the consultation; it was all about recognition of words.  I decided to “go private” and came to Paul Checkley at Musicians Hearing Services. I was fitted with a pair of extremely discrete Widex hearing aids and I played my guitar and listened to orchestral and jazz music as part of the computer “tuning” of the aids. This was in addition to an exhaustive analysis of my response to words. The result has been wonderful, particularly as I have learned to control them using the remote wireless volume control. At the start of orchestral concerts I establish the loudest part, (usually the brass section), and adjust to that. I love starting the day by putting BBC Radio 3 on and hearing the music come alive as I put the aids in place. Without them it sounds as if it’s been smothered in cotton wool! Thank you Paul and Musicians Hearing Services.

Eric Hill.  www.erichillguitardownloads.co.uk

Hearing aids for music

Hearing aids for music


Do you experience problems listening to music? Harley Street Hearing are pleased to support ‘Hearing Aids for Music’, a research project exploring how hearing aids affect the enjoyment and perception of music.


University of Leeds project

Exploring the music listening behaviour of people with hearing impairments


‘Hearing aids for music’ is a collaborative project between the University of Leeds and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust investigating how music listening experiences are affected by deafness, hearing impairments and the use of hearing aids.

The project is led by Music Psychologist, Dr Alinka Greasley, and Dr Harriet Crook, Lead Clinical Scientist for Complex Hearing Loss. The research has been awarded funding worth £247,295 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Music is an important part of people’s lives and can have powerful physical, social, and emotional effects on individuals, including those with all levels of hearing impairment – even the profoundly deaf. The purpose of hearing aids is to amplify speech, and evidence suggests that many hearing aid users experience problems when listening to music, such as acoustic feedback, distortion and reduced tone quality.

It will be the first academic research project in which data from clinical audiology will be used alongside psychological data to systematically explore how hearing aids affect music listening, whether listening to a CD at home or going to a live symphony or rock concert.

The team aim to help audiologists discuss music listening issues with their patients and also benefit manufacturers of hearing aids by providing a basis for improved digital signal processing. Improved access to music using hearing aids will benefit people of all ages, facilitating music education for deaf children and young people, music listening and performance in adulthood, and continued musical engagement into old age.

Harley Street Hearing is pleased to support the team who are currently conducting a short clinic survey. To take part, please ask your audiologist at Harley Street Hearing for a music listening survey or email the team at musicandhearingaids@leeds.ac.uk

You can also find out more about the project at http://musicandhearingaids.org




Musicians North West Hearing

Lyric Centre Cheadle with Jessica Jane Stafford

Jessica Jane Stafford (actress & tv star) officially opened our sister company North West Hearing and Musicians Hearing Services North in Cheadle.  Jessica Jane has been wearing Lyrics – the only “fit and forget” completely invisible hearing aid “for the past three years.

“Since having my baby I feel confident at night that I will hear him crying at night when I’m asleep. People shouldn’t be embarrassed about hearing loss, it is much more common than you think.  I’d recommend anyone who isn’t sure what to do to just call it really could change your life.”

If you live in the North West and need any advice on any hearing issues; our hearing healthcare experts will be delighted to help.  Call 0161 491 1943 or e-mail info@nwhearing.co.uk

Guests at the launch included Jessica Jane Stafford, local councillors and media.

Picutred below is Morris Stemp Musicians Union-North of England Regional Secretary, Geraldine Daly – North West Hearing Director & Founder of Musicians Hearing Services and Julian Munro – Orchestra Manager-Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

North West Musicians Hearing Services


Lyric is the only “fit and forget” completely invisible hearing aid which is only available at Lyric Centres – it is not available in any high street stores.

North West Hearing is the new sister company of Harley Street Hearing – London’s Leading Independent Hearing Clinics www.harleysthearing.co.uk

It is now also incorporating Musicians Hearing Services North who have been serving the entertainment industries needs for hearing protection for 25 years. www.musicianshearingservices.co.uk


WHO make listening safe

Some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults worldwide are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices, including smartphones, and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars and sporting events, according to the World Health Organisation.

Hearing loss has potentially devastating consequences for physical and mental health, education and employment.

To mark International Ear Care Day, March 3rd, WHO is launching the “Make Listening Safe” initiative to draw attention to the dangers of unsafe listening and promote safer practices.  For more details read WHO make listening safe

If you have any concerns, call us now for a hearing test and/or hearing protection.


Musician's Hearing Services - protecting your musical futureAt Musicians Hearing Services we specialise in all aspects of hearing to enhance your listening pleasure and communication in everyday life.  We’ve been serving the entertainment industry for 25 years, so, whether you want advice or impressions for in-ear monitors and musicians hearing protection; or hearing tests and advice on tinnitus or hearing loss call 020 7486 1053 or click here to email us.

AfMusicians-Unionter the success of ‘Wellbeing Week’ last year, the MU is holding another series of taster sessions for members on the theme of Health and Wellbeing for Musicians, this time in partnership with HelpMusicians UK and BAPAM.  Limited places are available for each session and are free for members to attend. There is a charge of £10 payable on the day for non-members.

Monday 18th August 11.30-12.30

Venue MU HQ, 60-62 Clapham Road, London, SW9 0JJ

Hearing Issues for Musicians – presented by Musicians Hearing Services Clinical Director, Paul Checkley

Exposure to loud noise can cause irreversible damage to your hearing. In fact, according to the World Health Organisation, noise induced hearing loss is the most common work-based injury. Despite this hearing protection is still not always considered in the music and entertainment industry even though many musicians are exposed to damaging levels of noise on a daily basis. This session focuses on the physiology of hearing and hearing loss and discusses the needs of musicians in hearing conservation. Provision of custom made musicians hearing protection is available on the day.

To book your place click here 

For details of all taster sessions for Wellbeing Week visit here


Microsuction Harley Street HearingFor instant wax removal Microsuction -the most effective form of wax removal-is now available for £80. We also carry out Irrigation.  For more information on both methods click here or call 020 7486 1053 to book your appointment

Miss Saigon at Musicians Hearing ServicesHappy to be working with the cast of Miss Saigon on hearing advice and protection by supplying their custom-made musicians ear plugs.  For on-site visits and on-the-day appointments at our clinics in Harley Street and Golders Green call 020 7486 1053

Rita popped by to have her ‘open jaw’ impressions taken.  We specialise iRita Ora & Jazn hearing protection for musicians; which is why we are recommended audiologists for all the major in-ear monitor companies.  

LiNX at Musicians Hearing Services

Now available from Musicians Hearing Services.  GN Resound partnered with Apple to create LiNX  which, using Bluetooth technology, connects the hearing aid directly to the iPhone.  The small, slim design lets you hide LiNX if you want to – or show it off if you’d rather, even if you have a severe hearing loss.
Connect to what you love through your iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® and enjoy high quality sound through hearing aids that act like wireless stereo headphones.
No matter if the sound you hear is picked up by or streamed to your hearing aids from an iPhone® or another device, all sounds in LiNX are processed and enhanced by Surround Sound.  Imagine using your ReSound Smart™ app to fine-tune the treble/bass of a concert – or a dinner conversation.  Imagine a FaceTime call with a loved one.  Imagine speech that’s clear, strong and easy to understand.  There are more than 1,000,000 apps in the App Store, so think how LiNX could enrich your life.

Be one of the first in the UK to try LiNX call 020 7486 1053 orcontact us


Groupshot_LyricSaturday hearing clinics and 8am till 7pm weekday appointments are now available.

Due to increased demand we can now see you out of the normal clinic hours.  For group appointments we can also visit you on-site.  Let us know a time and date that suits you 020 7486 1053 or e-mail info@musicianshearingservices.co.uk 



“The clarity and balance of my TR15 in-ear monitors make recording and practice much more fun and less tiring. I love ’em!”


The Sunday Times

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It’s felt like a revelation

It’s felt like a revelation

It’s felt like a revelation to come across Harley St. Hearing.   As a tour manag...

I can enjoy the beautiful sound of my Martin acoustic guitar again

I can enjoy the beautiful sound of my Martin acoustic guitar again

I began playing electric guitar in my teens, and have been touring with my band,...

David Temple – Conductor

David Temple - Conductor

  "Hearing loss for anyone can be hard to cope with but if you are condu...

Eric Hill – Playing and listening to music again

Eric Hill - Playing and listening to music again

Playing and listening to music, especially the acoustic classical guitar, has be...

Rick Finlay – West End drummer

Rick Finlay - West End drummer

  "The clarity and balance of my TR15 in-ear monitors make recording and...

Zane Lowe

Zane Lowe

A few years back I became very aware of how much I was exposing myself to lo...



“Our in-ears are invaluable to us, as are MHS and Geraldine who look after a...

DJ Bicep

DJ Bicep

Musicians Hearing Services provided a perfect service when booking, fitting and ...