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Re: apparent increase in loudness

Dear Leo,

I'm sure I remember reading something about the sound of a crying baby having
some unique biological relevance and as a result it was said to be
execptionally hard to mask/ignore. Can't remember where or when I read it



during a recent transatlantic flight I observed
the phenomenon that the sound of a crying baby
appeared louder when I tried to mask it by
putting on a headphone with loud instrumental music.
It ran against my expectation that a partially
masked sound would appear less loud.
Is this a known phenomenon?

Leon van Noorden

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