Occupational Hearing Loss

Occupational Hearing Loss

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ONLINE FEATURE | Deaf Firefighter Perseveres with Dedication Amid 2020 Challenges

The year 2020 has been unlike any other. California’s fire season, spanning from August to November, now logs 8,834 fire incidents, 31 fatalities, the loss of 10,488 structures, and an estimated 4,149,345 acres burned—an area larger than the state of Connecticut (CA.gov, 2020 and Wigglesworth, 2020).

Topic(s): Cochlear Implants (CI), audiology, Hearing Aids, Deaf, Hearing Loss, Hearing Conservation, Occupational Hearing Loss


Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2021

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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Beethoven’s Tragic Hearing Loss

"For two years I have avoided almost all social gatherings because it is impossible for me to say to people 'I am deaf'," he wrote. "If I belonged to any other profession it would be easier, but in my profession it is a frightful state."  

Ludwig von Beethoven is one of the most immortal composers of all time. Born in December 1770, Beethoven enjoyed early success as a composer and musician. Tragically, he suffered from progressive hearing loss that reportedly started in his mid- to late 20s. 

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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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Pack Your Plugs

It is alright if you missed the royal wedding. Meghan and Harry will understand. But perhaps you would like to visit London over the summer months. Take in the lingering sense of history and festival that just transpired in the form of a royal wedding. Well certainly you will have to plan meticulously for such a trip. 

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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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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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