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Volume 6

Mysteries of the Hearing Brain – Ingredients for Effective Auditory Learning

Auditory training may be an efficacious management recommendation for older adults. The success of this training is likely to be enhanced if it employs techniques known to enhance neuroplasticity.

Reflections from a Music Educator on Interdisciplinary Audiology Research

Cathy Benedict from Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music takes on her fascinating journey with interdisciplinary audiology research.

Volume 5

In-Ear Monitors Need to be Aimed at the Eardrum…True or False?

With some assistance from his cats, Marshall Chasin concludes that there are many over-the-ear earphones (that can be used as monitors as well) that provide a wonderfully flat and broad band response without having to aim at the eardrum.

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.”


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.