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The Navy, your hearing, and you

That is truly pro level foresight, friend!

The last time I went to a club with loud music was the mid 2000's, with a friend, we both wore earplugs and it was still too loud. I think it was a small bar/venue, and it was the Dandy Warhols. Or the Brian Jonestown Experience. I get mashed up names mixed up.

Those musicians were not only clearly junked up, but they clearly were seriously deaf. My ears still rang, and I was wearing Mack's highest rating foam plugs, my standard for any loud activity.

I noticed the young bartender not wearing any earplugs. I gave up back in the 80's and 90's trying to warn my friends, watch out for this walkman/discman stuff, you can't overpower a subway, wear plugs. No one listened.

And today, no one listens? It is a health issue we probably should realize is a hazard of modern music. I wonder what the hearing of an average American 57 year old is today? I bet it is heavily notched and barely hitting 10khz.

It is a taboo topic even though it should have its own forum, frankly. Should be a "read this first" forum.

My dad was Navy. Late 50's. Worked the line in San Diego for planes taking off to go wherever. His job was to check to jet engines for any signs of stress or fluid leaks, right before they went into the take-off line to let it rip.

He is 82, his hearing is a bit deaf, and his range is 5khz. But given he looked into jet engines with a flashlight for four years, as the pilot would rev them, and this was well before the era of hearing protection, he is damn lucky. He said they used hand signals because you could not even hear a shouting voice on that line. Even right next to you.

I am guessing submarines are quite clangorous. You are basically inside one giant, sealed machine.

Grats on your foresight :) enjoy the tunes, you old bubblehead!

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