Shooting for right-handers may increase the magnitude for the ear
effect but I believe it is also present when noise exposure is not
known to be more pronounced on either side (Chung et al.,
. It may be worth noting that there are asymmetries in
olivocochlear function which others have suggested may relate to
protection from noise. However, if I remember correctly these
asymmetries were demonstrated in humans using contralateral
suppression of TEOAEs which is representative of medial
olivocochlear function. However, it seems that the lateral
olivocochlear bundle is a better candidate for aiding in protection
Mark Shaver, PhD, CCC-A
Wichita State University
Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
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On 04/14/2011 07:55 AM, Bob Masta wrote:
I don't know if this is relevant, but I have heard
audiologists say that it is well-known that (right-handed)
rifle shooters tend to have more left-ear loss, because
their head shields their right ear from the muzzle wave.
The opposite is the case for (right-handed) pistol
Is it possible that your colleague sees lots of military
(and former military) patients? The military uses mostly
rifles, not pistols, and most people are right-handed.
Just a thought...
On 14 Apr 2011 at 12:56, Peter van Hengel wrote:
a colleague of mine is very interested in unilateral hearing loss. He's been
working in audiology for over 30 years and claims that in his experience it
is much more common for the left ear to be affected than the right.
Furthermore, if the right ear is affected, and the person is also
right-handed, the problems with processing auditory information are much
larger than in cases of left-sided hearing loss and/or left-handedness.
However, he does not know of any publications on the subject. Is there
anyone on the list who knows?
All the best,
Peter van Hengel
Audiologisch Centrum Twente
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