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Of the five senses, hearing is the one we punish most through excess. About three in 20 people will lose high-frequency tones by their 69th birthday, according to the National Institutes of Health, and many of those by choice.

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Style, Pages 27 on 06/22/2010

Print Headline: Ear wars


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  • Cordis
    June 22, 2010 at 11:40 a.m.

    "Some of us like the color green, but we don’t program it into our smartphones for glimpses along the route to work, the brightness turned up all the way."

    That's a really stretched comparison. Staring at a shade of green for an hour would be equivalent to listening to an oboe play a C# continuously.