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Hearing Conservation

Hearing Conservation

AC/DC Singer Battles Sensorineural Hearing Loss

In an article posted to CNN.com on April 19, AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson details his battle with sensorineural hearing loss after years of unprotected noise exposure from concert performances. In the article, he refers to his admission of hearing loss and ultimate decision to cease touring with the band as his “darkest day.” Sadly, Johnson is only one in a long line of musicians, including Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Ted Nugent, Phil Collins, will.I.am, and many more, who suffer from tinnitus and/or hearing loss as a consequence of their profession.  

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Aging and Speech Perception

Jin, Liu, and Sladen reported on the 1988 Working Group on Speech Understanding and Aging Committee on Hearing, Bioacoustics and Biomechanics (CHABA), which stated three likely factors for age-related listening problems: (1) changes in the peripheral auditory system, (2) changes in central auditory processing, and (3) changes in cognitive performance.

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Aural Acuity and Teaching Sound to the Masses

Kanters (2013) reports while trying to reach (and teach) the vast and varied members of the industries and communities associated with (the disciplines of) sound, music, and hearing science, we each use the same words/language (i.e., frequency, amplitude, and time) but (arguably) we speak different dialects. Indeed, he argues, “what we share, then, is the pursuit of technical knowledge to understand and preserve “aural acuity” driven by a passion for art and quality of life.”

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