“These go to eleven.”

Professor Harvey Dillon, from Hearing Australia on a recent report that young people (18 to 34) risk developing permanent hearing problems if they go to noisy bars and listen to loud music through headphones:

Our rule of thumb is if people have to raise their voice or actually shout at you to make themselves understood while you are listening to music in your ears, then that is loud enough to be potentially damaging.

This is gonna make me an old fogey, but if you’re wearing headphones (with music on) while actually trying to listen to someone speak to you, you need to have them snatched off your head like a bad weave. Rude!

On the way back from lunch yesterday, Betsy and I were seated on the metro in front of a woman whose music was so loud, I assumed she was just disregarding the rules and playing it through small speakers or her phone. Nope, she had headphones on. I don’t see how she’s going to retain good hearing if it’s so loud from her headphones that Betsy and I had to speak up to talk to each other.

Points to anyone that gets the reference in the title.

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6 Responses

  1. William Mize says:

    “These go to eleven.”?
    Are you kidding me?
    That’s like wandering into a Trek convention and asking them “Who said ‘Make it so’?”
    You’re gonna have to try harder than that.

    Oh, and there was an interesting article in today’s paper that figured you will save $40 when comparing the new iPhone and data plan against the old iPhone and data plan, so it’s not like Steve Jobs signed the Online Groovy Emancipation Proclamation.

    New 8GB with a two year contract = $1,878.76.
    Old 8GB with a two year contract = $1,839.76.

    Blame AT &T for raising the data service cost.

    That is all 🙂

  2. Brian says:

    I didn’t say bonus points, sheesh!

    As excited as I was about the iPhone, my rational side has kicked in now and I’m wondering what will be offered to current customers or if we’ll have to do the “new phone = new contract” dance.

    Plus there will be no online ordering and no at-home activation. Which means lines and lines at the AT&T stores once it hits. And I am not standing in line in the middle of July in DC, no way.

  3. William Mize says:

    Gadget Lust is a hard one to kick. These days I’m planning on selling my AlphaSmart, and an old ThinkPad 600X to get some money for either a new EeePC or an MSI Wind UMPC.
    Mmmmmm. Gadgets.

  4. lacochran says:

    AMEN!

    (This is) Spinal Tap!

  5. Michael says:

    I think I need to invest in hearing aid companies. 🙂

  6. Lolypup says:

    I wouldn’t invest in hearing aid’s you might end up with those deaf militants burning down your home.

    Now, Cochlear Implants thats an innovation for the masses and cyborg geeks!

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