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The Science of Hearing Loss

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

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Eric Smouha, associate professor of otolaryngology and director of otology and neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, answers questions about the inevitable effect of noise over time -- hearing loss.

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Comments [6]

Erica Schwartz from UWS

Eric Smouha was not wrong about the declining ability to differentiate sounds, but that is NOT the problem people mentioned to you, Brian. I too have an increased sensitivity to loud noises, even as I am losing my hearing.
I read about this common complaint (though, of course, as my memory goes the way of my hearing, I forget the word for it, but there is one).
This sensitivity made working in a noisy office more and more difficult - to the point that I used noise-cancelling headphones just to block out the conversations around me. At movie theaters, I often end up with my fingers, or even bits of tissue paper, stuffed in my ears, because the movie (or ad or promo) is just too loud.

Feb. 04 2014 12:22 PM
John A.

Earbuds - yes terrible. Especially in the subway, an airliner, or other noisy envo. You think you can power out the outside noise with them, but the nerdy over the ear cups that block and don't overpower are actually the way to go. If with the power off, a set of earcups can give some orders of magnitude of silence, go there. Then the volume to hear the music will be lower. I got Tinnitus, this is from experience.

Feb. 04 2014 11:59 AM
Michal from Brooklyn

What about noise isolating ear buds. I have several pairs of generic buds which attenuate outside noise by as much as 20db. When I use them, mu device is only turned 1/3 of the way up.

Feb. 04 2014 11:58 AM
Steve from Rockville Centre, NY

I always wonder how a hearing aid can help somebody who has hearing loss. If a person has lost the ability to hear high notes, how can magnifying the notes make them audible again?

Feb. 04 2014 10:56 AM
Tom from Prospect Heights, Brklyn

Car horns are a growing problem in my area of Brklyn. Part of this is because of increased congestion, but some is from drivers who check their smartphones & don't see the traffic starting to move. Of course taxis & people vans are terrible offenders!
For some reason the city has stopped ticketing offending horn blowers. My solutions? Raise the fine 5x for taxis & vans, and take their license after a certain number of tickets. Let the "Traffic Cops" give tickets for this offense. This might have the nice side affect of lessening the harassment of residents unloading groceries in front of their homes.

Tom

Feb. 04 2014 10:37 AM
Tom from Prospect Heights, Brklyn

Car horns are a growing problem in my area of Brklyn. Part of this is because of increased congestion, but some is from drivers who check their smartphones & don't see the traffic starting to move. Of course taxis & people vans are terrible offenders!
For some reason the city has stopped ticketing offending horn blowers. My solutions? Raise the fine 5x for taxis & vans, and take their license after a certain number of tickets. Let the "Traffic Cops" give tickets for this offense. This might have the nice side affect of lessening the harassment of residents unloading groceries in front of their homes.

Tom

Feb. 04 2014 10:12 AM

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