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Subject: Re: Are aging posters qualified to evaluate current singers?
From: Ombrarecds <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:24:56 -0500
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Utterly stupid remark. I know younger folk that are tone deaf, and know nothing about  opera. You should hear the idiotic remarks during the interval.

Patrick Byrne

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> On Oct 12, 2017, at 12:33 PM, Miguel A De Virgilio <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> 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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