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The Grammy’s and the impact music can have on hearing loss

Lots of Throwbacks at This Year’s Grammy Awards

This Sunday was the 57th annual Grammy awards in Los Angeles, with many touching tributes including performances by Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga, Usher with Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney with Rihanna and Kanye West. In addition to these amazing performances there was also a strong focus on political issues that are plaguing our nation, including domestic abuse, equal rights for all, and the importance of a musical education.

At the close of the show Beyoncé opened for John Legend and Common singing “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” a gospel song featured in the movie “Selma”, about Dr. Martin Luther King and the March on Washington. John Legend and Common then went on to sing their Oscar-nominated song “Glory”.

A great deal of the evening focused on maintaining music classes for young people.  The importance of learning music at a young age is immeasurable, and according to this article, it can prevent hearing loss later in life. Scientists discovered that older adults that had studied music at a younger age (prior to 14) were 20 percent faster in identifying speech sounds than those who had not.

Additionally, a six-time award winning Pianist, Leif Ove Andsnes has taken inspiration from Beethoven, who composed some of his most famous pieces after he went completely deaf. He is now teaching hearing impaired children about the emotion behind orchestral music, and how to feel the vibrations and sounds with their whole bodies.

There are also quite a few Grammy-winning artists that suffer from hearing loss.  Click here to see a list of famous musicians and their conditions.

Compensation for Work Related Hearing Loss 

Many people face hearing loss because of their work environment, and with all of the costs incurred from hearing loss, some may be in luck. Typically when people think of work-related injuries they think of bad backs, broken bones, or other ailments that physically prevent people from doing their job. According to this article, many Americans do not realize that they may be eligible for compensation, even if you cannot prove that their hearing has decreased.  If you are experiencing any type of hearing loss, but are still struggling to pay high prices for hearing aids, Audicus has options for every budget, and can also explain these inflated prices.

A Virus to Cure Certain Forms of Hearing Loss?

In a recent article about hearing loss, a new treatment developed by Novartis would use a harmless virus to carry a gene into the inner ear that would stimulate re-growth of hair cells. Doctors are hopeful that this new development will one day replace costly and invasive cochlear implants and hearing aides. The biggest challenge of the study so far was figuring out how to deliver the treatment to the inner ear, which is almost entirely encased in bone.

By Becca Blasdel

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