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Neil Radio8z’s particular hearing related stories have been told, but I wish to extend the question of ear health to a general discussion.
It has been a life long and annoying habit of mine to assume that because I find a particular piece of music to be “beautiful,” it will therefore also seem “beautiful” to anyone with good ears. But once I played a section of music for an educated woman, thinking I was contributing to her cultural growth, but her reaction was, “I’m glad that racket is over.”
Then a neighbor lady told me she had never been to the symphony hall, so I made her my guest and while she loved the Hall, she said of the music, “That was the boringest thing I’ve ever heard.”
It’s not just women. A platoon leader in the army, who handed out work assignments, noticing that I listened to classical music on the portable, began calling my name for the dirtiest jobs. “BLARE! CLEAN THE LATRINE!”
It all has to do with ears.