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October 1968

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss and Rock and Roll Music

Author Affiliations

East Lansing, Mich
From College of Communication Arts, Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;88(4):377-385. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00770010379010

ROCK AND ROLL music is generally considered to be very loud, particularly by persons over 25 years of age. There have been several references in the popular literature recently which have hypothesized that the intensity of the music leads to hearing loss.1,2 Reported estimates of the intensity of rock and roll music have ranged from 120 to 130 db. A primary impetus to this investigation was the appearance of numerous references in newspaper articles and other types of mass media concerning the "damaging effects of rock and roll music on hearing." Since the persons who have the most contact with this music probably are the musicians, one can assume that if rock and roll music produced hearing loss it would be most readily seen among the musicians themselves. Further, in order to meaningfully interpret pure-tone thresholds (PTT) obtained from the musicians, it is important to know something about the

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