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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - A Princeton University music professor claims his hearing was damaged by an ear-splitting performance by the rock band Smashing Pumpkins, even though he was wearing earplugs, his lawyer said Wednesday. Peter Jeffrey, 45, is suing the members of the alternative rock band, the city of New Haven and the New Haven Coliseum, where the concert took place in January 1997. Also named in the suit, filed in New Haven Superior Court, are the bands Fountains of Wayne and the Frogs, as well as earplug maker Siebe North Inc., lawyer Anthony Wallace told Reuters. Jeffrey "has chronic tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears) and also suffers from sleep deprivation," Wallace said. "He's a music professor at Princeton, so the effect on his research is (severe)." The suit seeks an unspecified amount of damages. "There's definitely a breach of duty by either the bands or the coliseum, so I think we've got a good case," Wallace said. Smashing Pumpkins could not immediately be reached for comment, according to a spokeswoman for their label, Virgin Records. Neither could New Haven officials or a representative of the earplug company. Jeffrey, who specializes in Gregorian chant, attended the rock show for about 20 minutes to look for his son, Wallace said. He was wearing earplugs. After leaving the auditorium, the professor felt a sharp pain in his left ear, followed by nausea and dizziness, Wallace said. Jeffrey, who lives in Guilford, Connecticut, hopes his suit will make young people more aware of the dangers of loud music, Wallace said.

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