Re: Hearing Loss sites etc

Subject: Re: Hearing Loss sites etc
From: David Shepherd (
Date: Fri May 20 2005 - 02:49:27 EDT

Dear all


Firstly, I find it ironic that we should have to take earplugs to a concert as a matter of course! Secondly, many have complained about the younger artists pushing the limits. However in my experience there are many composers who push the limits way too far.


Given that most if not all electroacoustic concerts take place with little or no budget. There is little time to get used to the system or the space, composers often compensate by increasing the volume to cover “holes” during the diffusion. I’ve watched some use every channel at above 0 for the entire composition.


Perhaps the problem is due also to the ambient noise in every major city increasing year on year. And since many switch off this background noise without even realising they are doing it. To then get a sense of “loud” music, composers/artists increase the volume exponentially?


Best David

Kevin Austin <> schrieb:

A general introduction to (mostly noise induced) hearing loss:

>The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
>has released a useful software package for demonstrating the
>effects of noise-induced hearing loss. The NIOSH Hearing Loss
>Simulator runs on a Windows-based PC with sound capabilities, and
>allows the user to select different durations and levels of noise
>exposure while "hearing" the effects on a variety of foreground and
>background sounds.



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