[JPL] Al Di Meola/Hearing

Bobby Jackson ftapache1 at sbcglobal.net
Sat Sep 23 21:42:20 EDT 2006


I did a show on Jazz Tracks last year on hearing loss in jazz musicians, the 
causes and prevention methods.  I also invested in a pair of custom fitted 
musicians earplugs which help tremendously.  Concerts can be way over the 
top too loud.  We should all be mindful of the effects of music that's too 
loud.  The one barometer that you should depend on is the adage if it sounds 
too loud, it probably is.

Bobby Jackson
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jae Sinnett" <jaejazz at yahoo.com>
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Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2006 6:55 PM
Subject: [JPL] Al Di Meola/Hearing


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> That's what I suspected with him Russ. The volume. Many of that generation 
> suffer from tinnitus. I do myself in my right ear....more than likely from 
> the rock I played in the 70's. I know Peter Erskine deals with 
> it....Charlie Haden is another although not sure how his came about. Many 
> of the artists that dealt with electric instruments do and those that 
> underestimated the frequencies. Some think that only the high end causes 
> the damage but the low ends can be just as bad. That's one conversation I 
> would love to have with some of the fusion musicians from that era.....how 
> they now deal with their hearing in terms of the tinnitus. I eat fresh 
> ginger which helps interestingly enough.
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>  This is something I've become very sensitive to over the years. It can 
> happen to programmers as well. I know when I come in to do my jazz 
> program....which comes on after the alternative music show....the 
> headphones are blasting! I'm like damn.....how in the world can this guy 
> hear anything? Programmers shouldn't underestimate the importance of 
> quality headphones because they can help in cutting down on the dangerous 
> frequencies. It's worth the investment....truly.
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>  Jae Sinnett
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