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Highway to hearing hell: musicians and the danger of deafness

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Trevor Cox

Deafness isn’t only a concern for rock musicians - anyone around music a lot has reason to be worried.

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AC/DC have postponed their US tour after singer Brian Johnson was warned by doctors that he was at risk of “total hearing loss”. This is unsurprising, perhaps, given the decades that the Australian band has been pumping out the hard rock decibels. But deafness isn’t only a concern for rock musicians, or drum and bass DJs – from classical violinists to pop singers, in recent years it’s become clear that anyone around music a lot has reason to be equally worried.

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Professor of Acoustic Engineering, University of Salford