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POSTED: November 8, 2010 2:00 p.m.
It was noticed several years ago that there was a connection between boxers getting beat in the head and later having brain damage.
It didn’t really take an in-depth study by researchers with scholarly articles written in medical journals to proclaim this. People just noticed the former boxers were having to take their meals through a straw and were being led around like someone lost and slobbering in the wilderness.
I’ve never cared much for boxing. When you break it down into its very essence, we find that the goal of one boxer is to render the other boxer unconscious. It’s a licensed aggravated assault and rather barbaric. Consider that on a given day one of these matches is going on and across town men of high intellect and knowledge are trying to find a cure for cancer. What a contrast!
Nope, it doesn’t take a genius to correlate brain damage and beating one on the head.
By the same token, if you blast noise into someone’s ear long enough, there is going to be significant hearing loss at some point. It’s a logical cause and effect. Again, this doesn’t really take a team of researchers to conclude. Just notice some of the old rockers who wear hearing aids and routinely ask, “What did you say? Huh?”
But some researchers have weighed in on this issue, maybe just to make it quasi official and to perpetuate socially redeeming values.
For years, guitarist Pete Townshend has talked about noise-induced hearing loss. In a recent Associated Press story, the legendary frontman for The Who said he believes his partial deafness, and tinnitus (a ringing in the ears), can be traced to his prolonged use of headphones in the recording studio.
It seems others have joined the chorus, the story said: A national survey shows that 19.5 percent of 12- to 19-year-olds have lost a little of their hearing. Though researchers cannot pinpoint the exact cause for the growing numbers, up from 15 percent in the late 1980s and early ‘90s, a possible culprit is blaring music through earbuds attached to digital music players.
Go figure. You walk around with loud noise piped directly onto your ear drum and eventually you can’t hear. Who would have thunk it?
So the other day I was sitting at an intersection and a car rolled up beside me emitting the most god-awful sounds. A rapper was beating his “ho” or something like that. Now I’m assuming it was coming from the speakers and that an assault was not actually happening.
His car and my car were vibrating. I couldn’t have heard a siren, a freight train or a jet breaking the sound barrier.
The light changed, and he pulled on off. I could still hear the noise a block away.
So I got to wondering. Someone from my generation might hear The Beatles singing “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” and say to his sweetheart of 40 years, “Honey, they’re playing our song.”  So will some guy in a future generation hear, “I Wanna Beat My Ho,” and say to his sweetie, “Honey they’re playing our song?”  And will she reply, “What did you say?”
So let’s look at what we’ve got here. Our kids have been getting fatter and fatter, statistics show. But if the loud music thing continues its proliferation, they may actually trim down if they can’t hear the dinner bell.
Naw, I’m being facetious. I don’t even think they have dinner bells anymore. We’ll just have deaf fat kids who can’t hear a siren and can’t get out of the way either. By the way, can we be injured with second-hand noise?

Walden is the publisher/editor of the Moultrie Observer. He can be reached at dwain.walden@gaflnews.com.
 

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