Driven to Extremes by Noise and Silence

Audiologists counsel patients on a variety of noise-related situational topics and they do so repeatedly and repetitively.  Here are some common talking points in audiology offices, as well as a quick look at noise in the extreme.   Realistic Assessments   It’s important for people with hearing loss and hearing aids to make realistic assessments…

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Noise — the Bad Boy of Sports and Audiology

Noise has been topic of many past posts.  we’re tired of it and readers probably are too.  So why keep posting about noise?   Because noise:  is controversial  is everywhere annoys and distracts is harmful to overall health damages hearing, starting in childhood brings on tinnitus plays into intellectual elitism may disrupt cognition alerts us to environmental…

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Noise versus Silence

Noise will continue to be the star at HHTM, in many guises:  sounds of a bat, rude cell phone use, and elitist intellectual-profiling.  Silence emerged as the white knight of tranquility, civil behavior, superior intellect, and upper class entitlement.  It’s an interesting and entertaining juxtaposition of Good and Bad, especially considering our mainly urban lifestyles and…

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Quiet Please!

We are in the midst of posting on noise, but we can’t talk about noise without including Silence.  Brains and Ears are a package deal for perceiving, alerting, attending, and processing auditory input from the world around us. Both are necessary, neither alone is sufficient.    The Model The neuropsychological top-down model goes like this:…

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