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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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1 posted on 07/13/2007 9:09:49 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

huh?? what??


2 posted on 07/13/2007 9:11:11 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there are bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: TigerLikesRooster

All that automatic weapons fire didn’t do our hearing any favors either.


3 posted on 07/13/2007 9:12:10 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (If there's lead in the air,there's hope.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Motorhead gave me tinnitus in 1985. Where are my reparations? ;)


4 posted on 07/13/2007 9:12:28 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

(ringing in the ears)


5 posted on 07/13/2007 9:12:37 AM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

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.


6 posted on 07/13/2007 9:13:47 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Farmer Dean

11C50. Charge 8.


7 posted on 07/13/2007 9:14:10 AM PDT by Snickersnee (Where are we going? And what's with this handbasket?)
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To: Resolute Conservative

Man I cannot type today.

“Every car at a ...”


8 posted on 07/13/2007 9:14:46 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Cream came to LA's Shrine Exposition Hall (next to the famous Auditorium) in 1967 or '68. I stood right next to Eric Clapton's giant floor speaker.

I've brightened up some since then.

9 posted on 07/13/2007 9:15:14 AM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God is, and (2) God is good?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

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?


10 posted on 07/13/2007 9:15:38 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: TigerLikesRooster

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.


11 posted on 07/13/2007 9:18:33 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: TigerLikesRooster

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!)


12 posted on 07/13/2007 9:21:12 AM PDT by maryz
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Hmmmm.

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.....


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

The dangers of turning your amps up to 11 finally revealed...


14 posted on 07/13/2007 9:26:53 AM PDT by Thrusher ("Only the dead have seen the end of war.")
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Funny that they would print this today. The New York Times should be celebrating!

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.

15 posted on 07/13/2007 9:27:01 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don't.)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican
(ringing in the ears)

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.

16 posted on 07/13/2007 9:29:10 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Stop the invasion. Secure the borders now.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Baby Boomers can celebrate that their music once again has a home in NYC.

IF....they can hear it. :)

17 posted on 07/13/2007 9:29:50 AM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: Badeye

Well I’m a boomer and I heard it loud and clear.


18 posted on 07/13/2007 9:30:15 AM PDT by federal
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To: Hebrews 11:6
I stood right next to Eric Clapton's giant floor speaker.

So do you lip read, or use sign language?

19 posted on 07/13/2007 9:35:28 AM PDT by GreenLanternCorps (Thompson for President: 2008, 2012: Jindal for President 2016, 2020)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Have you ever tried some natural tinnitus remedies?


20 posted on 07/13/2007 9:37:59 AM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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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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To: Kevmo

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 .


41 posted on 07/13/2007 10:05:09 AM PDT by Renegade
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To: federal

I loved that song, “I’ve got a line on you”...one hit wonders...Spirit was great.


42 posted on 07/13/2007 10:05:31 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
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To: Resolute Conservative
"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."

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.

43 posted on 07/13/2007 10:09:17 AM PDT by sweet_diane ("They hate us 'cause they ain't us.")
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To: Dick Vomer; cardinal4

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.


44 posted on 07/13/2007 10:16:03 AM PDT by Ax
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To: nuconvert
huh?? what??

damn, you beat me to it

45 posted on 07/13/2007 10:16:46 AM PDT by Christian4Bush ("Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech." Hold a hearing on that.)
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To: Ax
Try listening to Grateful Dead in those headphones. Great music to run by, exercise with and shoot with!


46 posted on 07/13/2007 10:20:44 AM PDT by cardinal4
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To: tiger-one
M 14 and M 60s...

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.

47 posted on 07/13/2007 10:22:14 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Dick Vomer

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.


48 posted on 07/13/2007 10:25:01 AM PDT by federal
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To: TigerLikesRooster

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.


49 posted on 07/13/2007 10:26:47 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (eHarmony reject)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

What?


50 posted on 07/13/2007 10:26:54 AM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God is, and (2) God is good?)
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