If it’s too loud, you’re too dumb

Earnings are sharply up for Swiss hearing aid maker Phonak. They expect continued growth as young users of mp3 players continue to damage their hearing by listening to mp3 players and other music at damaging volumes.

Ask Pete Townshend of the Who who has “severe hearing loss“. Ditto for Neil Young, Sting, Ted Nugent, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck, who like many others didn’t start to suffer hearing loss until their 40’s. But the damage had been done much earlier.

Loud music and hearing damage