Hear The Music

Jul. 12, 2016

To vent or not to vent / That is the question- part 2

Marshall Chasin
In part one of this blog series, the benefits of having a small 1.4 mm (1/16”) vent drilled into a musicians’ earplug were discussed. Apparently this question was first addressed by Shakespeare himself, but later addressed by more modern Bards.  In the original form, he wrote “To vent, or not to vent/That is the question…”, but of course his editor
Jul. 05, 2016

To vent or not to vent… that is the question- part 1

Marshall Chasin
I have it on good authority that before Shakespeare became a writer, he enrolled in one of the fist Audiology programs in England- Audiology on Avon. And one of his university papers was entitled, “To vent or not to vent”.  Of course, everyone knows that Shakespeare flunked out and became the Bard we know and love.  He used his audiology
Jun. 28, 2016

Have we really come so far? Part 2

Marshall Chasin
Tony Laviola is a well respected hard of hearing bass player who sees no problems wearing hearing aids… as long as they work! Italian born Toronto bass player Tony Laviola has played almost all styles of music since 1966 . R&B, rock , blues, country, jazz, showbands, tribute artists and singer-song-writers including Marc Jordan and Ron Nigrini. Debbie Bechamp, “Stix
Jun. 21, 2016

Have We Really Come So Far? Part 1

Marshall Chasin
When I first started as a young audiologist in 1981, custom hearing aids were not yet being marketed and all that was available were rather large sized BTE aids, eyeglass aids, and even body aids. I recall that there was an Oticon P11P and a Wilco H37D body aid.  The Wilco H37D came with either a red or a yellow dot
Jun. 14, 2016

How the correct hearing protection reduced wrist strain for a viola player

Marshall Chasin
Years ago I wrote an article called “My wrist sings the blues”. I think it may have been in the now defunct journal Hearing Instruments which was the predecessor of Hearing Review.  This was a long time ago when the alphabet only had 24 letters and pi only had 7 decimal places. The idea behind the article is that non-hearing
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Jun. 07, 2016

The Walls of Jericho came tumbling down…

Marshall Chasin
I was asked a question recently about the fabled Walls of Jericho that came tumbling down in biblical times. This person wanted to know the acoustics of such an event and whether it could have actually happened.  After all, we know the acoustics of soprano singers being able to break high quality crystal glasses. The short answer is “no- this
May. 31, 2016

The Musician as an Advocate

Marshall Chasin
I recall doing some media events as far back as the 1980s, usually in conjunction with a professional musician, about the importance of protecting your hearing. If it was a phone-in show, the musician handled 90% of the calls and I was given 1 or 2.  Similarly over the years, if I did a media event alone, there was little
May. 24, 2016

A 3 year old Russian drummer prodigy

Marshall Chasin
There is a 3 year old Russian drummer who seems to be defying the rules of neuroanatomy. There just isn’t enough neural maturation to be able to play this well, and he appeared equally able to hit with his right hand as his left hand- except for dropping the drum stick on one occasion.  Even young Mozart was 5 when
May. 17, 2016

The Simplistic Nature of Asymptotic Hearing Loss

Marshall Chasin
I love seeing 15 year old kids for a musicians’ hearing assessment. These are generally extremely talented and hard working young people who are doing everything they can to assure themselves of a life long career in some aspect of music and the arts.  Even at age 14 they are aware that the road ahead will not be smooth, with
May. 09, 2016

Temporary Hearing Loss Test app – part 2

Marshall Chasin
In part 1 of this two part blog series, the characteristics of temporary hearing loss, also known as Temporary Threshold Shift (or TTS) were discussed. Using pure tone stimuli, TTS typically resolved in 16-18 hours – it was thought to be nothing more than a benign characteristic of noise or music exposure, with no predictive power.  And while this was