Sweet, but deafening, sound of music

  • Article by: WARREN WOLFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 12, 2012 - 1:26 PM

Music may soothe the soul, but those trumpets and drums can play havoc with musicians' ears.

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europeaOct. 13, 1210:04 AM

Someone should point out that the embedded hearing test is totally useless on the internet. First, a hearing test us only useful when the volume is specified and controlled. Second, the vast majority of computer speakers and headphones can not replicate the lower and higher frequencies, and each speaker has its own imperfect frequency response and resonance. Find an audiologist.

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ScottSimonOct. 13, 1210:28 AM

The comments by europea are 100% correct. Incidentally, I played in a champion drum and bugle corps in the late 60's and 70's and in the University of Minnesota drumline in the 70's and NEVER wore earplugs in my life and I am 60 years old today. I also played in several bands throughout my life. My hearing is fine and I have not suffered any loss to date. So there is no logical rhyme or reason to explain why or when this happens to some and not others.

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kfishmanOct. 14, 12 2:01 PM

This is comment to those of you who are not thinking they have a hearing loss after being in noise. It will happen if you have been exposed to serious sound pressure levels. Some people are more suspectable to the high levels sooner than later. Just like sun damage. IF you get sunburn you may have good skin and not show wrinkles until in your 80s. Others may show at 60 and even get skin cancer. I have a patient who has been exposed to extreme loud music when she was in her 20s and has a severe loss at 50, while another one of my patients has also been exposed but her hearing loss is not as severe at 75! Chears Audiology

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