July 9, 2013 in Letters, Opinion

Aging ears getting younger


Congratulations and thanks for The Spokesman-Review’s July 1 article on the threat to hearing from noisy appliances. I am concerned, though, that the article is somewhat misleading.

It states, correctly, that noisy appliances are a threat to “aging” ears. That’s true, but excess noise – from appliances or anything else – are a threat to hearing at any age. We have come through two, or maybe three, generations of people who think that intense, distorted sound is desirable.

So, what happened? The hearing of today’s 18-year-olds is the same as the hearing of yesterday’s 40-year-olds.

Sanford Gerber, Ph.D.


Get stories like this in a free daily email

Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus