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Noise

Noise

Compilation of Articles on Noise, Environment, and Society

The current version of Acoustics Today presents a nice compendium of articles on various aspects of the interaction between environmental noise, the human contribution, the effect on other species, and possible long-term effects.

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Sudden Hearing Loss: Audiologist Important Role

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation has just published Clinical Practice Guideline: Sudden Hearing Loss (Chandrasekhar et al, 2019). The purpose of the guideline is to provide clinicians with updated evidence-based recommendations in the evaluation and management of patients with sudden hearing loss, in particular idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss.  

Some highlights include the following:

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Hand Drying and Crying?

Did you see the social media buzz about 13-year-old Nora Louise Keegan who published an article about hand dryers in Pediatrics and Child Health

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JAAA Editorial: The American Academy of Audiology Honors Committee: A Mechanism to Acknowledge Those in Audiology Who Have Gone Above and Beyond in Their Contribution to the Profession


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Volume 30, Number 7,
July/August 2019

Patricia Gaffney, AuD  Chair, Academy Honors Committee
Devin L. McCaslin, PhD 
• Deputy Editor, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology

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JAAA Editorial: Time is the Enemy

Vol. 30, No. 2 (February 2019) 
Gary P. Jacobson, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology


Gary P. Jacobson, Ph.D
Editor-in-Chief​​​​

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How Loud is a Professional Football Game?

As part of its efforts to educate the public about the risks of exposure to loud sounds at home and in communities, the CDC National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) has procured one-page advertisements in official printed sports programs for the National Hockey League (NHL), the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Football League (NFL).

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Biomarkers in Blood May Identify Noise-Induced Trauma

Have you ever wondered if there may be a way to identify noise-induced damage before hearing loss occurs?

If so, you may want to check out this study by Parham and colleagues (2018). In 2018, these researchers studied the levels of prestin (a protein found specifically in outer hair cells) in the blood of mice after being exposed to noise. This study revealed that the levels of prestin rose sharply when outer hair cells were damaged and start to die. The authors discuss the implications of these findings and next steps for studying the phenomena in humans.

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A Closer Look at the Trend of Loud Restaurants

Do you need more information to convince your patients why they should avoid going to restaurants during peak hours of business?

This article written by Wagner, architectural writer and graduate student of acoustical studies at the Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory, dives into the history of restaurant acoustics and provides insight into why restaurants have become so loud. The trend of loud restaurants is not only harmful to hearing but has also been linked to “unhealthy food choices and excessive alcohol consumption.”

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The Soccer Strategy of Weaponized Sound

Yes, the greatest spectacle of the sporting world, the World Cup of soccer, is underway. We have reported on the pseudo earthquake of ecstasy caused by a Mexican goal against the reigning world champion Germans <link to vibrations of ecstasy. The curtains are yet to fall on the very first stage of the tournament and the past champions are boarding a homebound airplane – stung by a plucky South Korean side that forgot to be intimidated by the biggest names in soccer.

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Vibrations of Ecstacy

Audiologists are all about vibrations. Vibrations in the audible spectrum, and then some even lower frequency, longer wavelength vibrations that the vestibular system is so fond of. Seismologists, interested in detecting earthquakes also live in the world of low-frequency, long-wavelength vibrations. In fact, there is now a global network of detectors, on and listening at all times for seismic activity and documenting earthquakes, small and big alike.

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