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Musicians are some of the greatest fans of the auditory experience. From concerts to playing pre-recorded music to performing publicly, music is a way of life that defines their existence. They also happen to be the guiltiest culprits for damaging their own hearing. A whopping 42% of all musicians - that's 11.5% more cases suffering from intermittent to chronic TINNITUS to HEARING LOSS are surveyed over the rate or U.S. construction workers and military personnel COMBINED!

John Rullo, leader of the Long Island band, THE COCKTAILS has been a performing artist since age 16. His love for performing in front of crowds and "jamming" with his band mates in front of loud amps and blasting drum kits as well as encapsulating his ears in countless headphones of varying quality and amplification has recently resulted in a less-than-favorable hearing test results. "I know for a fact that I lost a good amount of my high frequency hearing ability... I have several musician friends with significant hearing loss and ringing in the ear."

This does not stop the veteran rocker from "playing out" every weekend in dive bars and venues all across the Island- in fact, it is actually the inspiration to keep going. "All passions come with a price- and to hear the audience come alive because of the music I make is my gift to the world... but now I'm growing smart(er) about wearing the musician ear plugs- if I want to keep going".

Unfortunately the percentage of musicians from the stark amateur to the traveling professional who suffer drastic hearing issues cover just short of 50% of the entire population. "Loud is a big part of the music experience..." says Tami Racaniello, (vocal trainer and wellness expert). "We don't want to kill our ears, that would be suicide for a music lover- we just don't realize the actual damage that extreme volume can inflict on the life of our ears... and this is the unfortunate ignorance of any musician!"

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Meet Sly Geralds, executive director for The Rock and Roll University. In this video, he discusses life as a performing musician- growing up around loud rock music and how he uses life's lessons in hearing safety to protect his students from hearing loss and disorders.

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Dr. Lori Trentacoste, AuD headlines the presentation by outlining all the causes of HEARING LOSS and the many technical benefits of today's hearing solutions. A must-see for all sufferers of hearing disorders.

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