I won’t hear a word said on deafness

IT IS no wonder a recent poll has shown Australians over the age of 65 don’t blame loud music for their hearing loss.

Few of them would have known what loud music was in their youth.

It was the time of the big bands like Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey, and crooners such as Bing Crosby.

Of course, some of this generation could have become groovier as they got older and tuned into The Rolling Stones and The Beatles in the 1960s when the volume was turned up considerably.

But I am not sure whether it was the music that was so loud then, or just the screaming fans. I can remember as a schoolgirl sitting in the cinema watching The Beatles on film with girls around me screaming so loudly I thought my eardrums would burst.

I could never understand what all the screaming was about. Later I became a Rolling Stones fan, perhaps in rebellion at the screamers.

While there are fears today for Gen Y losing their hearing due to loud music, I don’t think it is so much about the music as it is the way and the amount of time they listen to it. Having an iPod stuck in your ear 24/7 couldn’t be good for your hearing in the long term.

Also, I am not sure it is true to say live concerts and clubs are any noisier now than they were in the mid-1960s, 70s and 80s.

Then the music was very loud and served up very raw. We didn’t have the benefit of today’s massive technology.

But maybe deafness will be something to look forward to. At least I can blame The Rolling Stones.


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