Prelude: Valley City State University Trumpet Ensemble
According to the Cleveland Clinic, one in five adults suffers from some degree of hearing loss. After age 60, hearing ability typically begins to decline. On average, a third of adults between the ages of 65 and 74 suffers from age-related hearing loss. Nearly half of adults over the age of 75 struggle to hear.
Until 2019, the generation known as Baby Boomers was the largest generation in the United States. Born between 1946-1964, Baby Boomers comprise the majority of nearing-retirement or recently-retired individuals.This preponderance of Baby Boomers in the late career stage exists in all industries, including the performing arts. Now ages 57-75, many Baby Boomers are beginning to face the challenges of age-related hearing loss — a professional liability for performers.