Otology: Going Deaf from Rock 'n' Roll

The young are not listening to their elders, and perhaps they never have. But now it develops that with many of them, the reason may be medical. The young aren't listening because they can't hear. Just as nagging parents have long suspected, otologists now report that youngsters are going deaf as a result of blasting their eardrums with electronically amplified rock 'n' roll.

The hearing specialists used to worry about loud noise as a cause of deafness only in industrial and military situations. They knew that eight hours of daily exposure, year in and year out, to the din of...

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