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Volume 4

Frequency Compression is for Speech but Not Music

Frequency compression of any form can be quite useful to avoid dead regions in the cochlea for speech but this does not follow for music. Speech is speech and music is music.

The dBA Versus the dB SPL War

War stories abound as our Canadian Audiologist’s “General” Marshall Chasin takes us to the front lines of “The dBA versus the dB SPL War.”

A Musician’s Wish List for His Hearing Aids

Musicians cannot be subject to the “try this and come back in two weeks” fitting process. We need our aids to be right, from the beginning, or at least 80% there. The preprogramming formulas are not right for the demands of live music, and the audiologist often doesn’t have the sound gear to create real world level music in the clinic, which real world sound samples. Professional bass player Rick Ledbetter provides his “wish list for musicians.”

CSA Z107.56 AND SAFE USE OF MUSIC PLAYERS

Tim Kelsall writes about the concern over young (and older) people listening to personal music players as part of their daily life and how to protect them from hearing loss. CSA Z107.56 includes a section on estimating noise exposure under headsets which puts this issue in perspective. Based on research indicating that most people set the volume of music and speech at about 15 dB above the existing ambient the standard provides an estimate of their noise exposure.

Retrain the Brain with Music: Use of a Personalized Sound Therapy to Manage Tinnitus

Sound Options Tinnitus Treatments conducted a blinded, randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of the personalized, spectrally altered music-based sound therapy over 12 months of use. This article will focus on the qualitative results of the trial.

Wallace Sabine, Music Halls, and Reverberation Time

Marshall Chasin recently caught up with Wallace Sabine at a séance on a dark and stormy night for a “virtual” conversation about reverberation time.

Volume 3

The LIVELab Facility at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario

Through an informative an interesting Q and A, Dr. Dan Bosnyak and Dr. Laurel Trainor tell us about the exciting research going on at the LIVELab facility in Hamilton, Ontario.

Predicting Musician’s Hearing Loss

Alberto Behar writes that there is nothing new regarding hearing loss from long duration exposure to loud noise. The question has always been on how loud is loud and how long a duration should be to be considered as “long.”

The Final Element

Marshall Chasin tells us about “The Final Element.” That one last piece of the puzzle to optimize a hearing aid for music.

Volume 2

What is the Best Earphone for Listening To Music?

Do you ever wonder what the best earphone for listening to music is? Marshall Chasin has the answers.