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Re: data reduction: Ear damage by MP3, DVD and digital television ?

I would expect no effect. Even heavy users of DVD and MP3 would still
be listeneing to 'natural' sounds the vast majority of the time.

> All,
> Considering that digitally reproduced audio makes up a small fraction
> of the audio that we hear each day, is it really likely that this
> amount could influence our auditory calibration?
> -David
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Martin Braun [mailto:nombraun@POST.NETLINK.SE]
> Sent: Monday, December 23, 2002 5:38 AM
> Subject: Re: data reduction: Ear damage by MP3, DVD and digital
> television?
> Thanks, Jont, for sharing this hit:
> http://www.informatik.fh-hamburg.de/~windle_c/Logologie/MP3-Gefahr/MP3
> -risk. html
> I hadn't thought you would be fishing in such waters ;-)
> But, good that you did! I wonder if there has been any research at all
> on the physiological effects of vastly reduced audio reproductions.
> The concept of "perpetual calibration" in the auditory neural system
> surely is a correct one, and spectrally reduced sound reproduction
> must have an influence here.
> I would assume, however, that it may be more likely to reduce the risk
> to develop or evoke tinnitus, rather than increase this risk.
> Many tinnitus patients would be useful subjects to test a possible
> difference between conventional and vastly lossy sound reproduction.
> Is anybody aware if such investigations have ever been run?
> Martin
> -------------------------------------------
> Martin Braun
> Neuroscience of Music
> S-671 95 Klassbol
> Sweden
> e-mail: nombraun@telia.coSm (erase the S)
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