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!