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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Hyperacusis — When Hearing is TOO Good

HHTM Staff: The typical adult patient in an audiologist’s practice presents with complaints of progressive difficulty hearing in one or more situations, often accompanied by tinnitus that may or may not be bothersome.  Often, the audiometric tests confirm hearing loss in both ears that is “cochlear” in origin, meaning that stems from damage to the…

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