As a student musician, you have the opportunity to take advantage of a holistic approach to healthcare, which includes preventative screenings, primary care and educational programming about nutrition, physical activity and stress management. In most cases, these services are offered either at the DePauw University Wellness Center or within the School of Music. Here are the offerings available to you.
DePauw Health School of Music Specialty and Wellness Clinic
DePauw Health Medical Director Dr. David Harsha is a board certified Sports Medicine physician who has extensive experience working with individuals in the performing arts (dance, voice and instrumental). Dr. Harsha is available to see School of Music students at the DePauw Wellness Center in Hogate Hall on Tuesdays 11am-1pm. To schedule an appointment, please call (765) 658-4555. Hendricks Regional Health and Putnam County specialty physicians offer additional resources should referral be needed, including Ear, Nose and Throat and orthopedic specialists.
Hearing Screening & Auditory Health Education
Hearing is a primary tool of music professionals, yet musicians are almost four times more likely to suffer noise-induced hearing loss than others. Even more concerning, the early signs of hearing loss can be very subtle, or even confused with other medical conditions. Auditory acuity and sensitivity are especially critical for music students and professionals, and even a small deficit in this area can detract from a musician’s practice and performance.
Every new music student can receive a baseline hearing evaluation complete with audiometric testing by a certified healthcare professional. This initial audiogram provides a benchmark comparison for any future evaluations, enabling physicians to accurately assess potential hearing changes or concerns.
This painless screening is done in August for incoming first year SOM students. Testing takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. A Wellness Center staff member will conduct a test to assess for hearing loss in either ear.
Physical Health & Injury Prevention
Musicians may be at risk of musculoskeletal or repetitive use injuries from time demands of their practice and performance. Our team of healthcare providers works with SOM students to emphasize injury prevention, with special focus on the upper extremities and spine. If you experience an injury, schedule an appointment with Dr. Harsha for evaluation and treatment. If you need rehabilitation, athletic training staff professionals may be able to give a home exercise program. Some individuals need physical therapy services which are available in the Greencastle community. Staff will assist with referral arrangements when needed.
Vocal Screening & Education
A baseline voice evaluation is an important part of the wellness plan for student or professional vocalists. All student vocalists can take advantage of this opportunity, which includes an interview with a trained speech language pathologist (SLP) specializing in identifying and treating vocal pathologies. Lifestyle behaviors and habits are discussed and analyzed, while valuable information to help maximize vocal potential while limiting overuse injury is provided. Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physicians are available by referral if recommended by DePauw Health providers.
All students have access to the onsite Wellness Center in Hogate Hall staffed by a healthcare team utilizing the latest technology in electronic medical records. Call for an appointment at (765) 658-4555. After September 15th, you will be able to schedule appointments by calling or using MyChart online scheduling. More details on MyChart signup will be posted in the near future.