E is for Ear Ache (The Guardian)

E is for Ear Ache
By Adrian Gatton
The Guardian
30 September 1997

Nearly one in 10 people under the age of 26 takes ecstasy according to the latest British Crime Survey. But while health warnings have focused on water intoxication and the risk of death, there’s evidence of a new danger. Hearing specialists are now saying Ecstasy can contribute to the risk of deafness.

While audiologists look on lengthy exposure to loud music as the main factor putting clubbers’ hearing at risk, ravers themselves see it as a vital ingredient for a good night out. Fuelled by Ecstasy, clubbers today dance harder, for longer to louder music than other club-goers. Modern dance clubs play music at truly pulverising volumes …