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Re: loud music

Orchestral conductors and musicians do enjoy the dramatic big sounds they can create. While some of them are aware of the damage it can cause, many are not. The fact is, too much MIHL (M = music) and related side effects can ruin a classical musician's career.

I reviewed "Hearing Loss in Musicians" edited by Marshall Chasin for Int. J. Audiol. It's a good book. Not overly technical, but infomative.

Ward R. Drennan, Ph. D.
VM Bloedel Hearing Research Center
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----- Original Message ----- From: "Martin Braun" <nombraun@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, September 24, 2010 9:10 AM
Subject: Re: loud music

Hi Laszlo and others,

acoustic torture and self-torture is not restricted to the rock world.
Conductors of symphony orchestras are quite happy with the pain that they
cause among their musicians. They are fully aware of it, and they like it.

Excessive loudness is not restricted to music, and excessive sensory input
is not restricted to acoustics.

If one wants to keep the damage under control, there is no other way than
legislation and policing. Mankind learned that this was unavoidable in road
traffic, and it will learn that it is also unavoidable in noise traffic.


Martin Braun
Neuroscience of Music
S-671 95 Klässbol
email: nombraun@xxxxxxxxx
web site: http://www.neuroscience-of-music.se/index.htm

Do you know the answer to the opposite: why is rock music more enjoyable
loud? I think that it would be important to understand.

               Laszlo Toth
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