I WOULD hope that some of our night-clubbers and rock concert-goers might take a lesson from Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
He admitted the other day that he has been suffering from the excruciating ear condition tinnitus for the last 10 years and now has to wear earplugs when performing.
To be honest I’m surprised there aren’t more performers who haven’t been afflicted in such an unfortunate condition given the devastating decibel rate at which many folk feel that pop music needs to be performed.
So too those who go to concerts or stick their heads inside mega-watt speakers at nightclubs by way of entertainment.
An infrequent visitor to such places (you won’t be shocked to know), I am not only put off because it’s not my kind of music but also because many of these musical haunts have the volume settings so abominably high that it hurts my ears to listen. I’ve been left sometimes with a high whistling in my ears for several hours after leaving.
You also have to beware a lot more than you used to about headphones too, not least because digital recordings have a much more realistic and wide dynamic range.
I know this may sound to some like the grumblings of a fuddy-duddy, but there is a real danger of serious damage to a generation of music fans and players’ hearing if they don’t heed the warnings and turn down the noise a few notches.