I was at the Palm Springs New Year's Dance Camp and poked my head over in the salsa side of the event occasionally, but almost every time I did the music was, literally, intolerably loud. High pitched instruments like flutes shreiked spikes of pain into my ears while the bass instruments made the room, literally, vibrate (I balanced a styrofoam cup on my hand and had it jump around from the sound alone!) That's consistent with the few times I've been to salsa events in clubs - the music is usually so loud that it's literally dangerous to health. And it's not as though my hearing is particularly sensitive. So what's the deal? Do salsa dancers wear earplugs all the time? Are they all going deaf from years of exposure to these sound levels?