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

I am excited to partner 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 […]

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. I’m an old bat in my 50’s and have tinnitus. That doesn’t stop me from going to see my favourite bands play live. When Avatar the metal band came to Vancouver on July 27th, 2022, I went to […]

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 […]

What Tinnitus Taught Me

Yes, that’s me on the cover! I’m sharing some of my current coping tools after being asked to write about how having tinnitus (and decreased sound tolerance) inspired my work as an audiologist: What Tinnitus Taught Me. I come from the dark days of the 1980s when “nothing could be done” for my tinnitus distress. […]

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 […]

Online Resources for Tinnitus and Hyperacusis

These links to free online resources include research, coping information, peer support, prevention, and social media, mainly related to tinnitus and decreased sound tolerance. This includes pain (hyperacusis), dislike or hate (misophonia), and fear (phonophobia) of everyday sounds that don’t affect people with typical hearing health. I can’t recommend or endorse specific resources. I hope […]

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 […]

Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Emergency Lifelines

This is a list of suicide prevention resources. If you’re struggling with depression or distress and thinking of hurting yourself, you are not alone. There are millions of people around the world trying their best to cope with tinnitus and hyperacusis. Resources include live chat and helplines or lifelines to call or text. If you […]