Health & Fitness: A Fire Hose Down the Ear Canal

These days, even rockers are admitting their hearing is shot

"You're going to lose your hearing if you keep listening to all that loud music," parents railed right from the beginning. "No way!" offspring scoffed, and gleefully cranked up Hot Tuna another punishing notch. Today that parental admonition is being echoed by a new -- and more credible -- source: rock musicians. John Flansburgh of the cult band They Might Be Giants half jokingly says: "Deafness is one of the little sacrifices you have to make for rock."

Three decades after the rock revolution, more and more performers are discovering that their hearing is permanently damaged. "It's pretty apparent for everyone...

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