Auditory and Oral Health

Providers Needed for MusiCares Medical Network

To better address the ever-growing number of music professionals without basic or adequate medical coverage, MusiCares (50lc3 non-profit organization) works closely with a dedicated group of health care professionals through the MusiCares Medical Network to provide the valuable and often life-changing services that some clients require, but simply cannot afford. The network is comprised of providers who recognize this reality and generously give their time and expertise to treat MusiCares’ referrals that are underinsured or uninsured and lack the means to pay for services. Through the efforts of these professionals our clients are able to access specialty care that may not be available to them. MusiCares can often cover the costs of the services offered by the providers when the music client receives approval in advance.

MusiCares Medical Network providers are needed in a variety of specialty areas nationwide, including Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, Orthopedic Surgery, General Surgery, Physical Therapy, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Urology, Otolaryngology, Dermatology, Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine to name a few. We are interested in expanding our coverage to provide a broader outreach to the music community.

MusiCares will initially vet the client case to determine eligibility and will then schedule the appointment for the client in need. Initial fees will be determined in advance for the initial visit and all payments are issued directly to the provider after the services are provided. MusiCares provides direct financial assistance to approximately 6000 clients annually for a variety of issues and needs. Each provider in our medical network shouldn’t receive any more than a few referrals annually.

Interested parties are encouraged to submit:

  • Name
  • Type of practice
  • Credentials
  • Address of practice
  • Phone number
  • Contact name and email address for appointment scheduling
  • Website address (if interested in being included in our MMN group listed online)
  • Fee schedules


Please send form to:

Debbie Carroll, LCSW

Senior Executive Director

(615) 327-0050 p. (615) 327-0876 f.


For more information about MusiCares, please visit


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Musicians and Hearing Loss – One Page Fact Sheet

View a one-page summary (PDF) on Musicians and Hearing Loss.

• 50% of musicians may have problems with hearing loss.
• Listening to music, live or recorded, in performance or rehearsal, can result in significant exposure to high sound levels.
• Risk of injury is based on a combination of sound intensity and duration.
• Hearing loss is cumulative: all sources (24/7) of elevated sound levels contribute.
• Permanent noise-induced hearing loss is irreversible.
• Temporary noise-induced hearing loss is reversible with adequate rest and recovery.

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NOMC Safe Sounds Poster

Download the NOMC Safe Sounds Poster – SoundSense Pstr NOLA

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Dental Health and Musicians – One Page Fact Sheet

As a musician, your body is your most important instrument, but for horn, reed and some string players, as well as vocalists, your teeth are a vital tool. Yearly dental exams are the best way to prevent, detect early, and treat various dental problems.

Athletes and the Arts: Dental Fact Sheet

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Performance Artists As Athletes

Sports scientists could help musicians and other artists endure the stresses of their craft.

(Inside Science) — They endure long hours of oft strenuous practice. The way to get better is to practice more, even when injured. For hours at a time, their hearts can beat at 65 percent of their maximum rate. Injuries are common, and there’s always someone waiting to take your spot.

Life in the arts can be tough.
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Article as featured in Inside Science.  By Chris Gorski, Senior Editor. June 13, 2014

Image credit: Aurelien Glabas via flickr |
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“Minneapolis might require bars to provide free earplugs”

From City Pages – Minneapolis City Council

By Aaron Rupar Fri., Mar. 14 2014 at 2:10 PM

Minneapolis Council Member Jacob Frey has introduced an ordinance that would require all establishments with on-sale liquor licenses to provide free earplugs to patrons and employees.

Read the full story

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Ground-Shaking Noise Rocks N.F.L., and Eardrums Take Big Hit

National Football League teams are racing this season to secure the title of loudest outdoor stadium in the world….
But all that noise can come with a serious cost. With peaks for touchdowns and troughs at timeouts, the average volume during an N.F.L. game is probably in the mid-90-decibel range….
To auditory experts, the danger is very real….

Read original article as quoted from The New York Times, November 16, 2013.

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Athletes and the Arts – The Role of Sports Medicine in the Performing Arts

“Athletes and the Arts – The Role of Sports Medicine in the Performing Arts”

Dick, Randall W. MS, FACSM; Berning, Jacqueline R. PhD, RD, CSSD; Dawson, William MD, BS, FAAOS; Ginsburg, Richard D. PhD; Miller, Clay MD, MFA, PMR; Shybut, George T. MD

Published in Current Sports Medicine Reports, November/December 2013, Volume 12, Issue 6, p. 397-403.


Performing artists are athletes. Like athletes, performing artists practice and/or perform most days with little off season, play through pain, “compete” in challenging environments, and risk career-threatening injury. Athletes and the Arts is a multiorganizational initiative linking the sport athlete and musician/performing artist communities. Performing artists of all ages and genre are an underserved population related to medical coverage, care, injury prevention, performance enhancement, and wellness. Sports medicine professionals are a valuable resource for filling this gap by applying existing knowledge of treating sport athletes (nutrition, injury prevention) while gaining a better understanding of performers’ unique needs (hearing loss, focal dystonia) and environment. These applications can occur in the clinical setting and through developing organizational policies. By better understanding the needs of the performing arts population and applying existing concepts and knowledge, sports medicine professionals can expand their impact to a new patient base that desperately needs support.

Read full article – Athletes and the Arts – The Role of Sports Medicine in the Performing Arts

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