veteran = a person with long experience in an activity
as do=
like / so do
ear buds = small earphones
drown out =
disguise / to hear above the noise
capped =
maximum amount
dB = decibels / measure of sound volume
overridden = made louder
duration =
length of time

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Music Linked to Hearing Loss

Veteran rock musicians like Sting, Neil Young and Phil Collins all have hearing problems as do over 30 percent of classical musicians. The cause is not loud music, but rather, years of wearing studio headphones.

There are now fears for the ‘iPod generation.’ Thousands of people on trains and buses every day wear ear buds and have the volume turned up to drown out background noise.

In France sound and pressure levels are capped at 100dB. In Australia, they are capped, but the cap can be overridden. In the US Apple is being sued by an iPod user with hearing loss.

Experts are warning people to reduce the volume and duration of earphone use. People are being warned to look for early signs of hearing loss such as; ringing in the ears, loss of high frequency sounds and trouble hearing conversations in a noisy environment. People with these early signs are advised to get a hearing check.

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