Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: Noise and the pandemic

The last couple of years have been really hard on everyone. We’ve all spent more time at home than we’ve ever wanted to and there seems to be a by-product of this isolation.

A new survey of more than 2,000 people found that more than half of them are more sensitive to noise since the pandemic began. About 42% find loud conversations really jarring. Some 52% say that loud noises now give them headaches, sometimes up to six a week.

But get this: 43% say that they’ve become very sensitive to loud music. It’s not like they don’t enjoy listening to music, but they report having to turn the volume down because they just can’t take it cranked anymore.

Why? Time alone in places with low ambient noise has turned up the sensitivity of their hearing. Please feel free to discuss.

Friday’s post covered one of the weirdest concert films of all time.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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