Why are restaurants so loud?

In recent years, food critics and business journals have commented on the noise level of restaurants. Across the country, the trend toward more modern design has changed the acoustics of restaurants – which may alienate those who are hard of hearing. Many find that dining in noisy restaurants makes conversation extremely difficult and no longer enjoyable. Gone are the tablecloths …

All Ears: Selective Hearing?

Our bodies are amazing machines.  Consider how the sound of music, birds, and children’s laughter can travel through air, enter our ears, and be received by our brains for us to decide what is beautiful, or not. Our outer ears catch sounds, which travel through our ear canal, reaching our eardrum, then vibrates and starts a magnificent chain reaction.  The …

Accidental Injuries and Adults

A recent survey by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that accidental injuries are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, and that hearing problems may be associated with an increased risk for such injuries. Of the 6.6 million US adults who experienced accidental injuries annually between 2007 and 2015, approximately 1 in …

What’s all the buzz?

Dusty Spitler Dusty Spitler According to the American Tinnitus Association, 50 million Americans suffer from ringing in the ears. Scientists and health experts don’t know the exact physical cause of tinnitus, but several sources are known to trigger or make it worse: • Loud noises and hearing loss – Exposure to loud noises can destroy the non-regenerative cilia (tiny hairs) …