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Subject: Are aging posters qualified to evaluate current singers?
From: Miguel A De Virgilio <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Miguel A De Virgilio <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:33:04 +0000

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According to a poster, NO. Because the majority of them have serious hearing impediments.

(Posted with permission from  Mr. Zucker)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stefan Zucker [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2017 8:40 AM
> To: Miguel A De Virgilio <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Aging posters sold abstain to evaluate current singers??
> Dear Miguel,
> Let's suppose you no longer can hear 20K. How much of the music you listen to has overtones that extend that high? Very little.
> The same is true of 16K.
> If you no longer can hear 8K, that's a problem.
> At issue is a question of degree.
> The last I knew, hearing tests only went up to 8K, so for those lacking a tone generator, it's difficult to test what one has lost.
> Also, if you listen to piccolos loss of some high frequency hearing is more of a problem.
> If you listen to sopranos, loss of high-frequency acuity is more of a problem than if you listen to tenors.
> Quantifying the impact of high-frequency hearing loss on one's appraisal of singers has yet to be done, so far as I know.
> Some people suffer high-frequency hearing loss as they age more than others.
> I listen to many of the same singers that I did 50 years ago and find that I hear details now that escaped me then.
> Best,
> Stefan

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