Skip to comments.The Day the Music Died (aging boomers battling hearing loss inflicted by too much rock music)
Posted on 07/13/2007 9:09:44 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
The Day the Music Died
By STEPHANIE ROSENBLOOM
Published: July 12, 2007
MICHAEL BELLUSCIS quotation in his high school yearbook was, It aint rock if it aint loud. Growing up in Flushing, Queens, he played guitar and drums, idolized Jimi Hendrix and performed in cover bands. Later, he went on the road as Ringo in the musical Beatlemania.
These days, if his left ear happens to be covered by a pillow, Mr. Bellusci, 47, hears the alarm clock as a faint tick, tick, tick, not a blaring BEEP, BEEP, BEEP. In cacophonous restaurants, he watches peoples mouths so he can follow the conversation.
Years of high decibel noise and trauma from speaker feedback damaged his right ear. Mr. Bellusci, who plays ukulele, recorder, guitar and bass in an acoustic duo, now says, If I could do it over again ...
How many boomers are thinking the same thing.
As more members of the generation born after World War II enter their 60s, and the effects of age conspire with years of hearing abuse, a number find themselves jacking up the volume on their televisions, cringing at boisterous parties and shouting What? into their cellphones.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
All that automatic weapons fire didn’t do our hearing any favors either.
Motorhead gave me tinnitus in 1985. Where are my reparations? ;)
(ringing in the ears)
The same with this generation of boom box, bass-thumping rappers. Every car car a stop light with a kid thumping the bass gives me a giggle.
They will fare worse than rockers.
11C50. Charge 8.
Man I cannot type today.
“Every car at a ...”
I've brightened up some since then.
Nowadays the high-watt woofers rattle the windows in my house when cars pass and I’ve been wondering what kind of damage could be done to the rap-music listeners considering their speakers are emitting enough energy to rattle the windows in my house or does low-frequency noise do no damage?
Some hearing loss can be attributed to other factors. For example, when I was a kid, it was a right of passage so to speak to contract the measles, chicken pox and the mumps. Later it was found out that those childhood diseases can cause or contribute to hearing loss.
LOL! I remember reading something maybe 15 or 20 years ago: some British researchers wanted to do a long-term study of the effects of aging on hearing, but they couldn’t find enough 18-year-olds with normal hearing to start with! (They blamed loud music!)
Maybe this explains why Boomers can’t hear bin Laden’s words that the fight is in Iraq, and that they will kill all of us.....
The dangers of turning your amps up to 11 finally revealed...
WCBS 101.1 FM is Back on the Air!
"Jack" has hit the road!
Baby Boomers can celebrate that their music once again has a home in NYC.
I know when I got that. We had finished dove hunting and I had taken my earplugs out for the day. We were cleaning birds on a tank dam and my cousin saw two birds coming. He fired without warning. My left ear has had ringing ever since.
IF....they can hear it. :)
Well I’m a boomer and I heard it loud and clear.
So do you lip read, or use sign language?
Have you ever tried some natural tinnitus remedies?
T’ain’t just the rock music that’ll do it to you. I played keyboards in a 7-piece jazz group in college. We often played on stages designed for 3-piece ensembles. Weekends with either a crash or ride cymbal about 3 inches from either ear (depending which side of the drummer I was on) add up to pretty decent high frequency hearing loss in your 40s.
One of my first concerts was Foreigner in the early ‘80s. I’ll never forget a guy passed out head first in a bass bin for most of the show. He would be an interesting case study.
‘Well Im a boomer and I heard it loud and clear.’
Same here but I was born in 58, so I was at the end of the boomer lineup....(chuckle)
I’ve run into this problem as a sound man at church.
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I used to go to the Shrine in 67 and 68. I heard some great bands and music there. I didn’t see Clapton but I saw CTA (Chicago Transit Authority), Quicksilver, Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Spirit, Love and many many more. That was the early days for sure.
I played in several rock, country and jazz bands in the late sixties and early seventies...I’ve definitely got some loss but it hasn’t dimmed my love of the music. My wife has taken to calling me on my cell phone when i’m in another room of the house ... ;o)
Led Zeppelin 1977.
LOL,,, you funny man badeye!
Off to I-Tunes to see if they've got it.
LOL,,, you funny man badeye!
I have my moments....
More boomer bashing. It’s in full force today.
Tinnitus remedies you say? Please share.
Frame one was a black guy, in the jungle somewhere. He had a enormous pot of water on his right shoulder, cradled with his right arm. He was obviously taking it from a river back to his village.
Frame two had the same guy, out in a cotton field with fellow slaves all bent over, chopping cotton. It looked hot and painful. But now the guy has a huge, heavy bale of cotton on his right shoulder.
Frame three once again had the same guy. He's strutting through the ghetto, sunglasses on, with a big smile on his face, prominent gold tooth displayed.
He was also carrying a boom box on his shoulder, AT LEAST as big as the bale of cotton in frame 2.
'nuff said !!
Just turned 60 spent 40 years as a rock N’ roll guitar player and 4 years on a flight line with F-100’s and all that great music in the meantime. And yup! I heard it too!
My son however already has some significant hearing loss in my opinion, and he is only in his mid 20's. He used to be one of the ones you could hear coming 2 blocks away. THUMP THUMP THUMP.
No, I have not. I think my left ear hearing may have damage from plowing on the farm. All towed plows were right hand, so you were looking back over your right shoulder.Your left ear was constantly exposed to the engine and exhaust noise.
Thankfully, I have learned to live with the tinnitus' constant high pitched tone. Now, if my wife would just enunciate bit better........
I had to go for a draft physical in 68’ the guy giving the hearing test had a hearing aid . They said i had a 5000 dcb loss in my right ear . I told them it was from listening to rock music with earphones .BTW, They took my blood pressure just by looking at me and writing down some numbers .The head doc then said I had Passive agressive tendancies . Good thing I didn’t have to go or I probably would have fragged a lot of 2nd Lieuts .
I loved that song, “I’ve got a line on you”...one hit wonders...Spirit was great.
Years ago I told my Husband we should get in the designer hearing aid business with all these darn booming boxes and cars.
And while I'm at it.. I am so sick of hearing the F word, the N word and all the junk coming out of the car next to me in traffic! We are supposed to be civilized society for pete's sake.
I turn 65 the end of July. Never listened to much music, but spent my career with headsets on, listening to Morse code. Somehow, my hearing has survived relatively intact.
damn, you beat me to it
Yeh. My tinnitis came courtesy of a 5" naval gun. Stupid, too, because my Dad warned me - his came from 105mm howitzers. It's at too high a frequency to really bother me but it's there.
They actually had several moderately successful songs. Natures Way, Fresh Garbage, Mechanical World and a few others. I’ve Got a Line is probably the most popular, They were a pretty good band especially live.
There were times in my old band where we’d have the amps cranked so loud I’d have a hangover the next day and hadn’t even drank anything.