Fake crowd noise poses real health threat

[Originally published at silencity.com] With coronavirus pandemic restrictions on fan attendance, NFL football teams have lost the stadium crowd noise once called a home field secret weapon by the Seattle Seahawks. As a solution, the NFL has developed club and stadium specific crowd-noise audio to use during TV broadcasts. While the TV crowd-noise audio will […]

Safer Personal Listening

With personal listening, it has never been easier to listen to music or audio content whenever and wherever people want. But…science shows personal listening is associated with permanent progressive hearing health damage. The hearing system falls out-of-tune, and there is distortion for pitch and loudness perception. This means people can develop tinnitus, hyperacusis or decreased […]

Reasons Why There Is No Tinnitus Cure Yet

Everybody wants to know the answer: why is there no cure for tinnitus? So it’s not surprising this free open access study on the topic has been shared more than 40,000 times as of April 28, 2020. The authors, including Dr. Baguley of the British Tinnitus Association, point out a key reason. Researchers must do […]

Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Severity Forms

I put together this pdf of commonly used evidence-based tinnitus and hyperacusis severity or distress surveys. They are free to print or share for educational purposes (not for resale). It includes: Tinnitus-Decreased Sound Tolerance Distress Scale (from my book Tinnitus Toolbox Hyperacusis Handbook) Tinnitus and Hearing Survey (10 questions including question on decreased sound tolerance) […]

Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Awareness Facts

When people make comments about your tinnitus or hyperacusis, these are some suggestions for raising awareness about hyperactive hearing. I have that too. I hear a noise in my ears every now and then. Sound made my ears sore once. Don’t punch them in the nose. Don’t punch them in the nose. Don’t punch them […]

Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Wellness Apps

Many people with tinnitus or decreased sound tolerance (hyperacusis) are told nothing can be done. Or they wait months for appointments without being given any coping strategies to use until they see a professional about treatment options. Tinnitus wellness apps are a self-help approach that can lower stress or distress and improve quality of life. […]

The Health Impact of Environmental Noise

[Originally published at silencity.com; noise risk decibels revised April 14, 2022] Environmental noise is damaging and inflicts unwanted sounds into everyday life. In 1984, Gordon Hempton, The Sound Tracker, found 20 natural locations in Washington State with noise-free intervals lasting over 15 minutes. No manmade noise at all. No planes, trains, or traffic. By 1995, […]