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a different pitch in the right ear than in the left ear

Dear List,

I am interested in composer's illness. Due to otosyphilis, Bedřich Smetana discovered that the tones of the higher octave had a different pitch in his right ear than in the left ear. (Neumayr 1997:167)

Does this suggest that pitch is extracted at the level of the cochlear nucleus?
I wonder if this effect can be related to the pitch shift effect caused by carbamazepine. (See http://www.auditory.org/mhonarc/2004/msg00814.html)


Neumayr, A. (1997). Music and medicine. Vol. 3, Chopin, Smetana, Tchaikovsky, Mahler: Notes on their lives, works, and medical histories. Trans. by D.J. Parent. Bloomington, Medi-Ed Press.


Chen-Gia Tsai
Post-doc. fellow, Department of Otolaryngology, National Taiwan University Hospital,
College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taiwan


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