Did you know this August marks the 50th anniversary of Woodstock? The music festival was a defining event for an entire generation of Americans. Now those original concert goers are in their 60s and 70s and likely feeling the effects of exposure to loud rock music.
Over time, exposure to noise levels above 85 decibels (dB) can contribute to hearing loss. The “Woodstock generation” is uniquely vulnerable given the volume at which they enjoyed their music. For instance, The Who, one of the most famed bands to play at Woodstock in 1969, had performances register at a record-breaking 126 dB!
These blaring tunes don’t just impact the concert goers. Musicians who performed at Woodstock are also experiencing hearing loss. Rockers Stephen Stills and David Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Roger Daltrey of The Who all report that decades of playing loud music have left them with hearing loss.
Hearing loss can affect anyone. With summer concert season upon us, it’s important to understand why noise-induced hearing loss happens and how to prevent it.