Many years ago I read a story about a musician who played an instrument (clarinet?) in an orchestra -- but a world so noisy that everyone's hearing had atrophied. Audiences attend concerts at which they watch machines that register pitches as the music played. The protagonist barricades himself in a padded room until his sense of hearing returns. However, when he emerges, the blast of sound drives him back into the sound-proofed room.

He then invents a machine that will display pitches but requires no musicians. The hero thinks this will convince people to reduce the world's noise so that they can hear again. The plan fails, however.

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    How long ago is "many years"? – Valorum Apr 17 '18 at 19:27
  • Do you recall the format in which the story was presented (magazine/digest, anthology, found on web, etc.)? Where you encountered the story? (for instance, in a class, a library, a book you borrowed from a friend?) In addition to how long ago you read the story, any feel for how old it was then? (for instance, if you read it in a magazine/digest, was that new, or relatively so when you read it?) What language did you read it in? Do you know if that was the same language it was written in? – RDFozz Apr 17 '18 at 19:39

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