Hearing loss crisis among musicians

by Jan L. Mayes, MSc, Audiologist A recent article about the hearing loss crisis among musicians reports hearing loss as every musician’s worst nightmare and as devastating for a musician as losing a hand. Many professional musicians have permanent hearing problems from not protecting their hearing until after chronic tinnitus or distortion and muffling hearing

Worst noise ever

Photo credit: Rob Knight licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by Jan L. Mayes, MSc, Audiologist What is the worst noise or noises for you? Mine range from opera to loud aircraft flying over my house. But the consensus on social media is that the iPhone alarm is the worst noise ever created by humankind. I beg

Are robot mowers quiet?

Photo credit: UGA CAES/Extension licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 by Jan L. Mayes, MSc, Audiologist How loud are robot mowers? A New York Times article on reducing pollution emissions discusses increased focus on landscaping equipment like robot mowers to replace hazardous gas or fossil-fuel powered landscaping equipment. Jamie Banks, president of the nonprofit Quiet Communities,

WHO’s first report on hearing promotes H.E.A.R.I.N.G. interventions

by Jan L. Mayes, MSc, Audiologist (Retired) The World Health Organization has published the first ever World Report on Hearing. This report shows it's more cost-effective to invest in prevention and universal health coverage for ear and hearing care than to continue paying rising costs of untreated hearing loss related to impaired learning, social isolation,

Frog noise-canceling headphones

Photo credit: Froggydarb licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 by Jan L. Mayes, MSc, Audiologist (Retired) Ever had trouble understanding what somebody was saying in a noisy background? Frogs have a similar problem hearing mating calls when all the pond frogs are chorusing. Using 15 years of data from the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program, researchers discovered

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