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    Hearing Loss Predictions - Baby Boomers

    Being a rock band guy, 60s/70s, then headphones, then earbuds, I was told dozens of times I should expect to lose my hearing as I got older. Well, I'm in my sixties, and my hearing is excellent...and none of my friends are experienced hearing loss..so far. Maybe a little ear drum exercise is a good thing.

    Saw this article, apparently baby boomers have reversed the trend. The study, conducted at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, showed that Baby Boomers are still hearing well healthy hearing longer than their parents did. Hmmm, maybe those big bands of the 30s and 40s did more damage than Metallica!

    http://www.healthyhearing.com/conten...s-baby-boomers

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    Good genes I suppose.

    I have some tinnitus from being around loud machinery for many years even though I've been diligent about hearing protection. I'm [at 48] kinda sorta on the tail end of the boomer era.

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    i liten to headphones so loud that i buy the loudest player i can get and sometimes even add a headphone amp to the mix mostly heavy metal and i can still hear the mail man way at the end of are street

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    I was a jet aircraft mechanic for a couple of decades. I also had a job that was very noisy when I was a teenager. I've been to more than my fair share of rock concerts.

    My hearing isn't all that good anymore.

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    I've never listened to loud music...never much went to concerts etc. My hearing was really good up until a couple of years ago when down all the restaurants in town, including fast food, think customers went to hear music on level 10... good news I guess don't eat much anymore but I think it the loud music caused hering loss... everyone know why the restaurants are all now playing music so loud???
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    Could you post this in a bolder, larger font, I can't hear you?
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    My hearing is screwed up from machinery also, and I'm not even 30 yet. Those who aren't content pushing paperwork around do well to wear noise cancelling headphones full time at work.
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    I think it's sort of fascinating the drift seems to be loud music no, loud machinery or white noise yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Could you post this in a bolder, larger font, I can't hear you?
    Is this better?

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    I'm a baby boomer, and I’m saddled with a hereditary hearing loss. Even with my hearing aids I only hear about 50% of what others hear. There are many voices that I can’t hear well. I have no idea what a cricket sounds like. Without a helmet mirror I’d have virtually no idea when a car was approaching from behind. Once my hearing aids are out at night, even a smoke detector alarm will not wake me. In a world where sight and sound are the two most used senses, having a deficit with one is a serious thing. I would strongly urge folks to protect what hearing you do have.
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    Looks like it's not just loudness. The frequency and/or duration must play a role.
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