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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: Billthedrill

My hearing loss came from three places....

USS Nimitz
USS John F. Kennedy
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

aircraft, catapaults, and arresting gear

10 years on aircraft carriers..........

Oh, and the rock music may have had something to do with it.


51 posted on 07/13/2007 10:29:27 AM PDT by fredhead (Teach a man to fish.......and he'll fish for a lifetime.)
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To: federal
I recall seeing Iron Butterfly, Mothers of Invention, and, yes, Big Brother. The unique feature of the Exposition Hall was its hardwood floor. Seated directly on it, one felt the bass.
52 posted on 07/13/2007 10:30:26 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
This baby boomer listened to his fair share of loud music but I lost about 30% of my high frequency hearing to these..


53 posted on 07/13/2007 10:31:05 AM PDT by Jaxter ("Vivit Post Funera Virtus")
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To: TigerLikesRooster
The Day the Music Died (aging boomers battling hearing loss inflicted by too much rock music)

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!

Leftist hippies armed with bullhorns bleating "Hey! Hey! LBJ! How many kids did you kill today!!??" didn't help any, either!!!

But, the hearing problems of boomers will be nothing compared to the deafness of todays' kids from bass rumblers in their cars blasting crapola and vibrating their cars to junk. Where is the NYT's concern over that!!???

54 posted on 07/13/2007 10:33:55 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Hebrews 11:6

Yeah I really loved that place the whole building shook to the music and like you said the hardwood floor was great no seats to get in the way. I also saw the Mothers of Invention, Frank Zappa was one hell of a musician.

Damn I wish I were still that age, Oh well I’ve got the memories, sometimes LOL.


55 posted on 07/13/2007 10:36:04 AM PDT by federal
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To: commish
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. ;-)

Yea, I'm 49 and I catch myself bumping up the volume. But I mute ALL commercials, I don't care WHAT the stations claim, the commercials are clearly MUCH louder than the regular programming. I'll have the sound up to hear the dialog, and the commercials will come on and blast my eardrums out.

56 posted on 07/13/2007 10:38:10 AM PDT by justanotherfreeper
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Robin Trower gave me tinnitus for a week one time in ‘87. Small club, 4 100-watt Marshall stacks all on 10, and I was about 10 feet away from him. Couldn’t hear the bass player, drummer, or singer.

Aaah, the memories....


57 posted on 07/13/2007 10:39:43 AM PDT by Cymbaline (I repeat myself when under stress I repeat myself when under stress I repeat myself when under stres)
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To: sweet_diane

When I hear the naty words I turn up whatever Christian station I am listening to and start nodding my head, for shizzle :)


58 posted on 07/13/2007 10:40:03 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: reagan_fanatic

Van Halen 11 times along with a host of other hard rock/heavy metal and pop shows. My friends and I back in the early 80’s all had a defacto competition to see who could put together the loudest car stereo. I know all of these factors have contributed to my hearing loss. Not serious but definitely noticeable, especially in noisy restaurants and bars.


59 posted on 07/13/2007 10:40:46 AM PDT by Big Red Clay (Greetings from the Big Red State)
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To: Big Red Clay

Grace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane at the old Iowa Fieldhouse in 1969. My date and I were second row, center. Grace really didn’t need amplification. MG, she was LOUD !


60 posted on 07/13/2007 10:43:46 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

The second pair of speakers I ever owned. They are 104db at 1 watt at on meter. They rock.

61 posted on 07/13/2007 10:44:42 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Satan is working both sides of the street in World Socialism and World Courts.)
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To: Badeye

I’m at the other end born in Sept 1946, that’s as early a boomer as you get.


62 posted on 07/13/2007 10:47:57 AM PDT by federal
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To: bmwcyle

Wow!


63 posted on 07/13/2007 10:52:36 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: fredhead
Oh, and the rock music may have had something to do with it.

Guilty as charged, m'lud... ;-)

64 posted on 07/13/2007 10:53:47 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: bkepley
Re:wondering what kind of damage Rappers are doing to their hearing,.......

No where near enough to suit me.
And what they call music, ain't.

65 posted on 07/13/2007 10:55:00 AM PDT by Gideon T. Reader (The PALESTINIANS? A proud history of mindless violence since 1964.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I drove them with a 1959 Mc240.


66 posted on 07/13/2007 10:55:07 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Satan is working both sides of the street in World Socialism and World Courts.)
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To: DustyMoment
But, the hearing problems of boomers will be nothing compared to the deafness of todays' kids from bass rumblers in their cars blasting crapola and vibrating their cars to junk.

This morning, I heard the city of Cedar Park - just north of Austin - passed a noise ordinance about the loud car radios. A person can be fined up to $500 on the first offense if their car speakers emit noise so loud it can be heard or vibrations felt at 30 ft. That will be about 90% of the rap listeners.

67 posted on 07/13/2007 11:04:46 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Stop the invasion. Secure the borders now.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

This morning, I heard the city of Cedar Park - just north of Austin - passed a noise ordinance about the loud car radios. A person can be fined up to $500 on the first offense if their car speakers emit noise so loud it can be heard or vibrations felt at 30 ft. That will be about 90% of the rap listeners.

***

I hope Cedar Park does a good job of enforcing the ordinance. We have ordinances here, but they are not enforced.


68 posted on 07/13/2007 11:09:10 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Billthedrill
Mine is frequency discrimination
69 posted on 07/13/2007 11:11:19 AM PDT by tiger-one (The night has a thousand eyes)
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To: bmwcyle

Honking !


70 posted on 07/13/2007 11:21:49 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: fatnotlazy

There was a kid waiting for the traffic light about four cars away from me the other day, and his speakers were louder than the freight train a block from 183. I could hear his “music” over the train’s air horn blasts. You can bet he won’t be able to hear a thing in 10 years.


71 posted on 07/13/2007 11:22:53 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Stop the invasion. Secure the borders now.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Anyone ever see Blue Cheer at the Fillmore or the Avalon or in the park? Man, that was one loud band. You know, this hearing loss thing - given the choice I’d do it again the exact same way!


72 posted on 07/13/2007 11:38:03 AM PDT by Northern Alliance
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To: caver

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

Overwhelming majorities are always the first up for attacks, under almost any circumstances you can think of.

Seen any commercials demeaning...oh, I dunno...white guys?

Or husbands?

Its human nature I guess.


73 posted on 07/13/2007 12:16:32 PM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: Wilum

‘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!’

The heavy metal bands of the 70’s held up their decible requirements with me as well, and I spent some time on a floating ‘flight line’ in the service, and since then have done quite a bit of combat handgunning.

Hearings just fine so far...I think...(chuckle)


74 posted on 07/13/2007 12:18:10 PM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: federal

‘I’m at the other end born in Sept 1946, that’s as early a boomer as you get.’

Hmmm. Daddy was ‘Class of 46’?


75 posted on 07/13/2007 12:20:05 PM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: Arrowhead1952

You remind me of a shooting experiment I tried many years ago. I’d just purchased a S&W Model 19 .357 magnum at Marshall Field’s in Chicago. It was delivered to my parents’ home in Homewood, a Chicago south suburb. At the time (1968) there was still a lot of open land around near where they lived so I took it out to a group of sand hills to try it out. Since I’d never fired a .357 I wanted to know what it really sounded like. I put two full powered .357 rounds through it at 4:00 p.m. My ears were still ringing at 10:00 p.m. that night. I’ve never again fired any type of firearm without ear protection.


76 posted on 07/13/2007 1:12:24 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

We had to wear earplugs in basic training, and since then I’ve worn them every time I fire a weapon of any type. Well, I do fire .22 without earplugs at times.

I used to be on our unit pistol team, and I’d wear plugs and ear muffs at the matches. With your weapon (45 cal), and one on either side, it was very loud.


77 posted on 07/13/2007 1:24:01 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Stop the invasion. Secure the borders now.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Have you noted the curious, non-antagonistic division on this thread—the shooters vs. the musicians?


78 posted on 07/13/2007 1:26:23 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: Farmer Dean
All that automatic weapons fire didn’t do our hearing any favors either.
I (can't) hear ya' ... three years in arty - 13 months on an 8" howitzer.
79 posted on 07/13/2007 1:27:33 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: libstripper

I noticed that earlier. I try to take care of my hearing. I even wear hearing protection when I use the lawnmower, weed eater, chain saw and other power tools. I can’t stand loud noise.

I get on my daughter when I get into her car and the stereo “blows” me out of the seat. I have some peole at work who have their radio so loud, I can hear theirs over mine in my office.


80 posted on 07/13/2007 1:32:57 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Stop the invasion. Secure the borders now.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I remember it ...it was at the Fillmore East, we were six or seven rows back of center, and the band was Poco. Amplified pedal steel guitar, and my ears are still ringing.

It's all good though.

81 posted on 07/13/2007 2:10:43 PM PDT by JoeA (JoeA / The defintion of insantity is repeating an action and expecting a different result.)
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To: federal
Damn I wish I were still that age

You grew up? Inside, I'm still eight years old.

82 posted on 07/13/2007 3:33:34 PM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God is, and (2) God is good?)
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To: maxter

Look up “Natural tinnitus remedies” on your web browser. There’s a couple that look pretty good. Herbals take awhile to see results....but it’s worth a shot.


83 posted on 07/13/2007 7:43:51 PM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: everyone

No tears from this near-Boomer, who never cared much for hard rock and resented the “space” it took up among people of my generation and slightly older.


84 posted on 07/13/2007 7:45:08 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

That would be me.


85 posted on 07/13/2007 7:46:51 PM PDT by JCEccles
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To: Arrowhead1952

I’m sure machinery noise took a toll for sure. Check the web for natural remedies. It might be worth a shot. :)


86 posted on 07/13/2007 7:49:12 PM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: Dick Vomer
Spirit was great

Randy California was one of the great underrated lead guitarists of the era. His lead work on "I've Got a Line on You" was first rate, one of my favorites.

87 posted on 07/13/2007 7:49:26 PM PDT by JCEccles
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To: TigerLikesRooster
You all should of lissened to him instead!


88 posted on 07/13/2007 7:54:11 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: Resolute Conservative

The same with this generation of boom box, bass-thumping rappers.

A few days ago at an apartment complex in Eagan, MN, car alarms were going off in the parking garage. Kids in a “ricer” car with some awful subwoofer were making everything around vibrate. And that’s with the windows up!
My next door neighbor is just as bad, some evenings were painful - in addition to getting no sleep. Police here will do nothing. I finally got him to stop with some death metal, speakers facing the wall (I was wearing the hearing protection for that stunt).
BTW, just had a hearing test, still topping out at 22kHz - at 52 years. Then again I don’t usually get abuse with the decibels.


89 posted on 07/13/2007 8:04:02 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (Liberalism is a mental disorder)
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To: bmwcyle

Klipschorns and a McIntosh.

So sweet there is no way they hurt the ears!


90 posted on 07/13/2007 8:11:35 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: bmwcyle
Found this picture:


91 posted on 07/13/2007 8:15:47 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: fredhead

USS Ticonderoga; As the jap planes approached, first the 40mm guns opened up and then the 20mm guns and the steam turbines and other machinery. We are all deaf now. Then our kids played that rock music.


92 posted on 07/13/2007 8:28:02 PM PDT by tommix2
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To: eddie willers

Tube amps! Cool!

Although not tubes, I stll own a 200W Dynaco power amp and a Crown pre amp. And they will make some noise.


93 posted on 07/14/2007 7:31:59 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: nuconvert
Does loud music cause Tinnitus?
94 posted on 07/14/2007 7:33:45 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (If General Patton was alive, he would slap many faces!!)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Iron Maiden didn’t give me hearing loss, I was born with it.

:)


95 posted on 07/14/2007 7:35:39 AM PDT by wastedyears (Freedom is the right of all sentient beings - Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime)
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To: LaineyDee

Such as? Also, are the placebo’s?


96 posted on 07/14/2007 7:36:11 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (If General Patton was alive, he would slap many faces!!)
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To: Lurker

Got it on CD, I’ll give it a spin today.


97 posted on 07/14/2007 7:37:56 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (If General Patton was alive, he would slap many faces!!)
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To: Thrusher

http://www.stardestroyer.net/Mike/Movies/SpinalTap.jpg

Only because I can’t remember the code to post pictures.


98 posted on 07/14/2007 7:40:11 AM PDT by wastedyears (Freedom is the right of all sentient beings - Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime)
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To: fredhead

Thank you for serving.


99 posted on 07/14/2007 7:41:49 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (If General Patton was alive, he would slap many faces!!)
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To: JCEccles
Randy California was one of the great underrated lead guitarists of the era.

I got to see the original band live at a small venue in suburban Chicago back in the mid 80s. Man they were good.

"12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus" is one of those rock gems that doesn't get nearly enough airplay.

I'm gonna have to pick it up. I can't believe I don't already have it.

L

100 posted on 07/14/2007 7:42:13 AM PDT by Lurker (Comparing moderate islam to extremist islam is like comparing small pox to ebola.)
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