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The Day the Music Died (aging boomers battling hearing loss inflicted by too much rock music)
NYT ^ | 07/12/07 | STEPHANIE ROSENBLOOM

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 BELLUSCI’S quotation in his high school yearbook was, “It ain’t rock if it ain’t 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 people’s 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 ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aging; babyboomers; hearing; rockmusic; tlr
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To: TigerLikesRooster

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.


21 posted on 07/13/2007 9:40:19 AM PDT by Jokelahoma (Animal testing is a bad idea. They get all nervous and give wrong answers.)
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To: Hebrews 11:6

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.


22 posted on 07/13/2007 9:42:23 AM PDT by stevio ((NRA))
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To: federal

‘Well I’m 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)


23 posted on 07/13/2007 9:43:29 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Bump.

I’ve run into this problem as a sound man at church.

Church Acoustics and Sound System » Main Church Sound Message Board (Read Only) » Church Sound System Messages (READ ONLY) » General Discussions » I’m not too old, it’s just too loud!

http://www.jdbsound.com/discus/messages/4/702.html?1053461518


24 posted on 07/13/2007 9:44:56 AM PDT by Kevmo (We need to get away from the Kennedy Wing of the Republican Party ~Duncan Hunter)
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To: Hebrews 11:6

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.


25 posted on 07/13/2007 9:44:58 AM PDT by federal
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To: TigerLikesRooster

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)


26 posted on 07/13/2007 9:47:07 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Led Zeppelin 1977.


27 posted on 07/13/2007 9:47:22 AM PDT by manic4organic (Send a care package through USO today.)
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To: Badeye

LOL,,, you funny man badeye!


28 posted on 07/13/2007 9:47:24 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: federal
Spirit. "12 Dreams..." was a great album.

Off to I-Tunes to see if they've got it.

L

29 posted on 07/13/2007 9:49:05 AM PDT by Lurker (Comparing moderate islam to extremist islam is like comparing small pox to ebola.)
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To: ▀udda▀udd

LOL,,, you funny man badeye!

I have my moments....


30 posted on 07/13/2007 9:49:52 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: Badeye

More boomer bashing. It’s in full force today.


31 posted on 07/13/2007 9:50:09 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: LaineyDee

Tinnitus remedies you say? Please share.


32 posted on 07/13/2007 9:54:58 AM PDT by maxter
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I had a good friend growing up, and we used to go to all the good concerts together - Kiss, AC/DC, Foreigner, Kansas, Molly Hatchet, Nugent, etc. We would often spend the night at each other's house, and fall asleep with headphones on while listening to Pink Floyd or Aerosmith at top volume.

Ahh, those were the days.
33 posted on 07/13/2007 9:56:39 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Press 1 for English, press 2 for deport)
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To: Resolute Conservative
I saw a 3-frame cartoon about 25 years ago in an upscale magazine. Might have been the "Atlantic Monthly", or something similar. It was comment on the boom box craze.

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 !!

34 posted on 07/13/2007 9:58:37 AM PDT by willgolfforfood
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To: Badeye

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!


35 posted on 07/13/2007 10:00:20 AM PDT by Wilum (Never loaded a nuke I didn't like)
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To: nuconvert
M 14 and M 60s
36 posted on 07/13/2007 10:03:01 AM PDT by tiger-one (The night has a thousand eyes)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I am 46 and notice that I have added 1 or 2 "dots" to the volume level of my tv, car stereo, etc etc ... so I guess I am joining the list. ;-) Now whether it is because of loud music - or maybe working in Computer Data Centers my whole adult life -- or just the fact I am getting older, I don't know.

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.

37 posted on 07/13/2007 10:03:43 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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To: LaineyDee

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.


38 posted on 07/13/2007 10:03:58 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Stop the invasion. Secure the borders now.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
A crazy Indian shooting rats inside the bunker with an M-16, firing without ear protection, not to mention helo turbines and the shriek of F-4 intakes; hell, I was deaf before I got to the loud music part.

Thankfully, I have learned to live with the tinnitus' constant high pitched tone. Now, if my wife would just enunciate bit better........

39 posted on 07/13/2007 10:04:29 AM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Hebrews 11:6
Saw Cream on their Good Bye Tour at Veteran’s Auditorium in Des Moines, IA. Acoustics were awful but I don’t think anyone complained.
40 posted on 07/13/2007 10:04:54 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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