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Rock and Roll Hard of Hearing Hall of Fame

The official selection for the 2006 Rock and Roll Hard of Hearing Hall of Fame (www.hardofhearinghalloffame.com) has been made. Selection criteria are based on consideration of an individual’s body of work, and damaged inner ears because of music amplification and use of headphones.

Initial Selections for 2006:

Pete Townshend – Guitar (The Who)
Jeff Beck – Guitar (Yardbirds)
Eric Clapton – Guitar (Yardbirds)
John Entwhistle - Bass Guitar (The Who)
Mick Fleetwood – Drums (Fleetwood Mac)
James Destri – Keyboards (Blondie)
Bono – Vocals (U2)
Phil Collins – Vocals (Genesis)

Rock and Roll music can cause both temporary and permanent damage to the inner ear. Damage may occur from one extremely loud session of exposure to noise or it may occur from sustained exposure to lesser noise levels. Most rock and roll musicians received their hearing damage from both amplified music and listening to music on headphones.

The overall mission of the Hard of Hearing Hall of Fame is to educate people about potential inner ear damage caused by noise AND to seek tax deductible donations to support research for hearing regeneration.

Here are some comparisons of noise levels and possible damage:

Sustained exposure causing possible hearing loss - 90-95dB
Walkman on 5/10 - 94dB
Power mower - 107dB
Amplified rock, 4-6' - 120dB
Pain begins at a level of about 125dB
Rock music peak 150dB

The Rock and Roll Hard of Hearing Hall of Fame is sponsored in part by Rotarians for Hearing Regeneration – A Rotary Action Group (www.hearingregeneration.org). The Action Group promotes interest in research and the funding of the Hearing Regeneration Initiative at the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center at the University of Washington (www.depts.washington.edu/hearing/). It was thought that once hair cells of the inner ear are destroyed (noise or drug-induced), they do not re-grow, but now research by Dr. Edwin Rubel (VMBHRC) gives hope to those with hearing loss. Dr. Rubel and his associates are atempting to regrow hair cells in mammals. There scientists believe that within ten years they will be able to re-grow inner ear hair cells and improve the lives of millions of people worldwide.

Hearing Loss Quotations from honorees:

"My intuition tells me there is terrible trouble ahead."
-- Pete Townshend

“Hearing loss is a terrible thing because it cannot be repaired.”
-- Pete Townshend

"I was a major glutton for volume: 'Gotta feel it, gotta hear it.' Sooner or later you're going to pay the reaper."
-- Mick Fleetwood

Hearing loss is the most preventable disability in the world and yet, 60% of the members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have suffered from hearing loss.

Hearing Loss Statistics:

Hearing loss is the number one disability in the world.
15 of every 1000 people under age 18 have a hearing loss.
Nearly 90% of people over age 80 have a hearing loss.
Ten million Americans have suffered irreversible noise induced hearing loss, and 30 million more are exposed to dangerous noise levels each day.
Approximately 59,000 people worldwide have received cochlear implants. About 250,000 people would be good candidates for a cochlear implant. Most people worldwide can't afford implants.

Other Hard of Hearing Hall of Fame Selection Categories: Art, Sports, Business, Feature Films, Historical, Military, Music, Politics, Professions, Science and Television.

The Hard of Hearing Hall of Fame website (www.hardofhearinghalloffame.com) contains downloadable videos as well as articles on hearing loss as well as the hearing regeneration initiative (the sharing of world wide information concerning the regrowth of hair cells).


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