Music made me deaf: As iPods and concerts harm the hearing of 75% young people, one woman tells her cautionary tale

Twenty-two years ago as I left the house to go to see Motorhead - dubbed the loudest band in the world - my mother's words followed me out of the door: 'You'll ruin your hearing one day!'

At the time, I rolled my eyes dramatically, as every self-respecting 19-year-old should, and proceeded to assault my senses with 140 decibels of noise, which I now know is ten decibels above the sound of a jet plane taking off. The sound levels at the gig were too much for most of the fans; people were leaving in droves, but I stayed on. That night, I left the venue with my ears ringing and it took more than a week for the ringing to diminish.

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