Strange and, in my opinion, unwarranted speculation.
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Interesting, even though I am not qualified to prove the concept one way or the other.
I understand the point about data compression and losses. Certainly I hate the effect that process has on music quality. Consider too, until VERY recently, every sound perceived by human beings since the beginning of time was analog.
If this guy is right, it would not be the first time we altered our environment in a way that damaged our health and well being.
"even though I am not qualified to prove the concept one way or the other"
Albert, neither seems the author of that article. All he does is formulating a hypothesis, although he doesn't explicitly say so. As with any hypothesis this is subject to verification or falsification. And although it is an interesting concept, I doubt, anybody will do research on it anytime soon.
I am not overly alarmed by the article and agree there will probably not be research devoted to it. In fact, I will allow my son to listen to his MP3 files, even though I am very protective of him.
I am however, a believer in the idea that "nothing is free." We often set traps with our technology, and discover them only after we've damaged ourselves.
Maybe MP3 files cause "hearing disability". Especially to those who can't hear the difference in the first place. If somebody thinks MP3 sounds fine, maybe they've got existing damage that is undetected.
Black and white TV is fine--- If you're watching a black and white movie.
MP3 is fine--- If you don't know how good it CAN sound.
Regardless of the storage format, what comes out of the speakers/headphones is analog (or at least it is down to quantum levels), just as much so from an MP3 as any pristine Sheffield Labs LP. Claiming that "until VERY recently, every sound perceived by human beings since the beginning of time was analog" is misleading.
If there's a hearing loss, it comes from decibels, as mentioned by Calvin1.
Hearhere, humans have been on earth for a very long time, remember that the automobile, television and all that we consider "old" technology is VERY recent.
My comment that all sounds falling on human ears since the beginning of time is accurate, or do you rule out song birds, waterfalls and thunder as analog sounds? All of our technology, including all recorded and played back media, occurred a few seconds ago in the time line of humanity.
Albertporter, I did not say that your comment was inaccurate, just quite misleading. When you say ". . . until VERY recently . . .", you are clearly implying that some sounds perceived now are not analog in nature.
I'd really love to know of some examples of these sounds which are not analog. And before you say MP3s, CDs or some other digitally-STORED format, anything derived from those formats is pure 100% analog after passing through the DAC. In a very real sense, the signals are analog before the DAC as well.
We're really just arguing semantics here, not a big deal.
Our views of digital technology are, as you say, pretty far apart. However, in the broader world - including much of the world of audio - I suspect that there is actually a great deal upon which we'd agree. If you're going to be at CES this week, perhaps we could find out over a drink or two?