[Harp-L] Re: Hearing yourself
Exposure to toxic work environments is a significant, often down-played
Industrial jobs have long subjected workers to life-diminishing and
People who fly for a living are exposed to elevated UV rays and toxic,
recycled cabin air.
Lead, asbestos, radioactive elements, textile lint, coal & grain dust,
and second-hand tobacco smoke...
Helen Keller, after overcoming extreme personal adversity, studied the
of blindness for the demographics of her time. The poor & the working
exponentially high rates due to a variety of environmental and
The gist of her argument was that something could be done to change
such that fewer people would suffer. She was widely denounced by the
powers that be
for being too radical.
Musicians face situations that they often cannot control, especially
when relying upon
constant exposure to venue-related, toxic environs. Smoke-free clubs, a
phenomena, are quite welcomed by many of us for reasons other than
Sure, I hate the stink it puts in my hair and clothing. But I fear the
hurt it puts on my
heart and lungs. I've survived two heart attacks with little long-term
effect. I'm not
anxious to test the Rule of Three.
Exposure to sound pressure levels, either acute or chronic, that
damages and diminishes
one's hearing is serious. It gets downplayed because, unlike macular
degeneration of eyesight,
it's not immediately noticeable to its victim...Xerox toner phenomena
And, the demographic hits hardest at the young...the folks who tend to
think they are bullet-proof.
Industrial noise damage is rampant in industries that exploit laborers
desperate for work.
Next time you see roving landscaping crews, count how many of those
running leaf blowers
are actually provided with ear plugs....
Musicians should take a cue from Helen Keller. The damage is not fickle
distribution...it hits hardest at those who have little choice and
those who think
the choice is irrelevant or a matter of personal style.
Our band has had its share of arguments about stage volume. In the past
we've worked with our share of stone-deaf sound people. We once walked
off a stage
at a large, outdoor event because the stage monitor volume made us all
feel as if we
had ice picks tickling our ear drums. They did get it right and we came
back to audience
When you have the power to make a sane choice, make it.
And be grateful that your paycheck and your family's survival doesn't
hinge on you bartering off body parts and functions to put food on the
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