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Musicians' Hearing Health Scheme

Specialist hearing assessment and bespoke hearing protection

Our Musicians' Hearing Health Scheme gives you access to specialist hearing assessment and bespoke hearing protection, in partnership with Help Musicians UK and Musicians Hearing Services.

We understand that hearing protection is important for musicians but can be prohibitively expensive, so we have developed a scheme that gives access to musician-specialist audiologists and bespoke hearing protection for an affordable amount. 

What’s included? 

  • Free audiological assessment and ear check up from a specialist in musicians' hearing (worth up to £145)
  • One set of free custom made, specialist musicians' ear plugs (worth £170)
  • An automatic call back for a subsidised hearing test costing £20, every two years (worth £90)
  • Expert advice on referral routes and next steps to manage any problems, including contact with your GP
  • Option of wax removal if necessary, at a subsidised rate of £40

Clinics take place in London and Manchester throughout the year, and there is a rolling programme of regional clinics. To find out more about these, keep an eye on upcoming MU events or contact your Regional Office.

How much does it cost? 

The total package is heavily subsidised by HMUK to reduce the cost to £40 to join the scheme. The MU provides further subsidy to bring the cost down to £30 for members.  

This gets you ongoing membership to the scheme, and you will receive assessment and hearing protection worth almost over £300 in your first year of membership. Every two years you will get an automatic call back for an audiological assessment, for which you will pay £20 (saving you £268).

This scheme only includes the costs of one set of hearing protection – it does not provide replacements for lost, stolen or broken hearing protection. We recommend that you include your bespoke hearing protection on your home contents insurance. Musicians’ Hearing Services will provide you with a proof of purchase for the full value of your hearing protection on request. 

“We want musicians to be able to access high quality ear protection that is affordable, and we are delighted to be working with Help Musicians UK and Musicians Hearing Services on this scheme”
Diane Widdison, MU National Organiser for Education & Training

Sign up for the scheme

Join the Musicians' Hearing Health Scheme by completing a form on the #HearForMusicians website.

You will need to provide contact details and evidence to show that you are a professional musician. 

Help Musicians UK will then make an assessment and be in touch within 5 working days to let you know if you are eligible. They will also pass on your details to Musicians Hearing Services who will be in touch to register you on the scheme and make you an appointment at a hearing clinic of your choice.