No Hearing Protection at Stadium Sports Events

I was excited to watch the Canada vs Belgium World Cup men’s soccer match in Qatar. I had no doubt our team would do Canada proud. But this isn’t about a well-played game by the Canadian team (despite the loss). It’s about people ignoring the hearing health risks of stadium noise exposures. Being amazing fans […]

Call To Action: SoundPrint’s Find Your Quiet Place Challenge

I’m partnering with SoundPrint, a hearing health app, to promote hearing health awareness this October. I don’t represent an organization. I’m just one person. But every person counts when it comes to citizen science. Join us for SoundPrint’s Find Your Quiet Place Challenge! During the month of October, 30+ prominent hearing health organizations will participate […]

Noise and Hearing Damage Simulations

Image by Aditya Chinchure on Unsplash. What does it sound like to have hearing damage caused by noise? I’ve put together a short audio playlist of noise-induced hearing loss simulations. These give a small idea of what it’s like to live with tinnitus, difficulty understanding speech, and loss of music enjoyment because of preventable sensorineural […]

Protecting Hearing at Concerts

Images by Jan L. Mayes taken at Vancouver, BC, Canada concert on Avatar Going Hunting Tour 2022. Whether it’s pop, rock, or country, amplified music at concerts is loud enough to damage hearing health. I’m an old bat in my 50’s and have tinnitus. That doesn’t stop me from going to see my favourite bands […]

If Ears Bled From Everyday Noise Exposures

I’m not talking about bleeding ears from very loud acoustic trauma blowing out a person’s eardrums, e.g. explosion, bomb blast. The image for this post was a graphic for a hearing health shock campaign I planned in 2017. I wanted to raise awareness about noise risk from common everyday sound exposures, including personal listening and […]

Virtual Reality Headset with Ultrasound Exposure

Apple’s new patent for an Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality (AR/VR) headset includes ultrasonic sound waves to simulate a breeze or physical sensations on the user’s face while they interact with the virtual environment. These sound waves are super high pitched and can’t typically be heard by humans (frequencies above 20,000 Hertz). Unfortunately, ultrasonic sound […]

If Only We Could See the Damage of Noise Exposure

I was very honoured to have my article featured in Tinnitus Today, Spring 2022 issue. I discuss science from my 2021 papers published in Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, co-authored with Dr. Daniel Fink of The Quiet Coalition. My main point is simple: If Only We Could See the Damage of Noise Exposure. If our […]

Airhorn Noise Joke

When my oldest child (now a young adult) arrived at work on April Fool’s Day this year, there was a noisy joke waiting for her. Co-workers rigged an airhorn to go off every time somebody opened the front door of the office. There was much laughter until the culprits noticed my child didn’t find it […]

Protecting Hearing for Life

As a member (retired status) of Speech-Language & Audiology Canada, I was honoured to have my article featured in Communique for World Hearing Day, 2022. The title and content of Protecting Hearing for Life reflects this year’s theme of, “To hear for life, listen with care.” In summary, our modern society exposes us to harmfully […]

Too Loud Article in The Hearing Journal

I was very excited to have an article published in The Hearing Journal. The title is Too loud: Noise exposure in everyday life is causing hearing loss. I co-authored this with my colleague Daniel Fink, MD, Chair of The Quiet Coalition in the USA. To sum it up, our modern world is so full of […]