Setting an example to her UK subjects, and perhaps the world, Queen Elizabeth II has reportedly worn hearing protection during an all-star rock concert celebrating her sixty-year Diamond Jubilee.
A photograph taken from television and published in Britain’s Daily Mail shows a yellow earplug nestled inside the royal ears as the Queen listened to songs from Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, and other notable musicians.
It appears that the Queen is knowledgeable enough about the risks of hearing loss due to excessive noise from rock concerts. Since hearing ability naturally decreases as humans age, even for royalty, perhaps she also wore the protection to preserve her remaining abilities.
According to a recently published House Research Institute (HRI) study, 72 percent of teenagers participating in the study experienced temporary reduced hearing ability following exposure to a pop-rock performance by a popular female singer.
If earplugs are good enough for the Queen of England, maybe younger Baby Boomers, like Prince Charles, will follow her example.
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