Five Tips for Healthy Summertime Hearing

In general, summer is easier on the ears than winter, because many of us spend time outdoors and enjoying leisure activities that tend to be quieter than some winter pursuits. But don’t be lulled into thinking your hearing is safe. Here are five of the most damaging sources of summer noise exposure, and suggestions about how to protect yourself. Click here to see a “noise thermometer” giving you specific decibel levels. 1. Fireworks. Don’t stay home from celebrations, but do …

Famous Rock Concerts That Blew Minds — and Ears

Were you at the Cream reunion in New York in 1968? Think that might be where you lost your hearing? That’s where Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker say their hearing problems started. Clapton, who now suffers tinnitus — and most likely also hearing loss, which is often masked by tinnitus — has said, “I probably had two 100-watt stacks at the height of things and I would turn one on for guitar solos. It was just mad.” Baker, a band member, said of …

A Pianist Who Plays for Charity

What did you do this summer? Hit the beach? Visit the in-laws? Take the grandkids to Disney World? Ask Mark Damisch and the 57-year-old Chicago lawyer will tell you he spent five weeks on tour playing piano concerts in Scandinavia and Russia to raise money for worthy causes. Damisch’s exhausting schedule – 21 concerts in six countries  – isn’t for the faint of heart. But he’s a pro at marathon travel. (He was in Copenhagen, Denmark, when we spoke.) This …

Summer’s Bummer: Event Ticket Scams

Nearly 5 million people a year pay for tickets to concerts, sporting events and theme parks that prove to be fakes. And it’s not just “scalpers” hawking outside at the gate who should be avoided. (They collect more than $4 million per month in such bogus sales.) Increasingly, ticket trickery results when you buy from classified ads on Craigslist, eBay or on ticket-selling websites that appear to be legitimate but are anything but. So let the buyer beware – and …