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Vibroacoustics (deeper detail)

Vibroacoustics (deeper detail) | OAA April 2014 Hot Industry News | Scoop.it
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This article seems geared at using music and vibrations as alternative medicine to "change the bio-electric signature of the motional imprint." This presents another side to the argument about VAD. Here its cause is being used as a resonant reset button. If it can be recognized as a treatment for medical issues, then it can be recognized as a causing factor. 

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Hearing Loss & Audio Pros | Stereophile.com

Hearing Loss & Audio Pros | Stereophile.com | OAA April 2014 Hot Industry News | Scoop.it
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This article sites the studies done by the House Ear Institute in LA about the alarming decrease in hearing in audio professionals. Their study confirmed what many thought, showing marked loss in the 4-6kHz range. Like many of the other articles it is meant to educate to spur prevention tactics by the professionals. 

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The clinical stages of vibroacoustic... [Aviat Space Environ Med. 1999] - PubMed - NCBI

The clinical stages of vibroacoustic... [Aviat Space Environ Med. 1999] - PubMed - NCBI | OAA April 2014 Hot Industry News | Scoop.it
PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
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This an abstract to a paper published by Aviat Space Environ Medical in 1999. It outlines the symptoms, and dangers of Vibroacoustic Disease.This is a disease characterized by long term exposure to low frequency, high pressure sounds. While common among various industrial workers, it is also found in musicians, and even people with bass enhanced car audio systems. The disease is characterized by cognitive impairment, blindness (or other eye issues), as well as heart troubles. This is important to people in the Audio Industry, but specifically those interested in live productions and DJ's. 

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Sound Health Advice

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This is another article written by Bart P. Billings, Ph.D. discussing Vibroacoustic Disease. In it he writes more as an objective father and audio voyeur, rather than a doctor of Psychology. He sites research done by many third party companies, detailing their findings that exposure to high intensity, low frequency sound is damaging to not only the ears, but almost every other major system within the body. He draws a conclusion, that I wholeheartedly agree with, that perhaps concert goers experience a variation of a runner's high when exposed to body shaking sounds. 

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Noise-induced hearing loss in audio-related professionals :: University of Southern California Dissertations and Theses

Noise-induced hearing loss in audio-related professionals :: University of Southern California Dissertations and Theses | OAA April 2014 Hot Industry News | Scoop.it
The USC Digital Library (USCDL) helps fulfill the mission of the USC Libraries to actively support the discovery, creation, and preservation of knowledge and develop collections and services that support and encourage the academic endeavors of faculty, students, and staff. Spanning a wide range of visual media, the USC Digital Library offers digital images of drawings, illuminated manuscripts, maps, photographs, posters, prints, rare illustrated books, as well as audio and video recordings. Encompassing the subject strengths of the vast collections of the libraries at the University of Southern California, these materials represent the applied sciences, fine and decorative arts, history, performing arts, and social sciences. A portion of the images contained in the USC Digital Library come from the collections of collaborating institutions which, like USC, have valuable archival collections that are of interest to a wide range of people.
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This is the digital copy of Janice Chung's thesis on hearing loss in audio-related professionals hosted on USC's digital library. It outlines her studies of people ages 20-69 and the effect their careers had on their hearing. Very simply it showed that the older the person was, i.e., the longer they were in the audio field, the more impaired their hearing got, with measurable loss in those in their 20's.

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Shocker: The most-deaf musicians aren't rockers - CNET

Shocker: The most-deaf musicians aren't rockers - CNET | OAA April 2014 Hot Industry News | Scoop.it
Who is? The answer will surprise you!
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In the Music Industry our ears, and our hearing, are the tools that we need to make our living. This article is more of a "scare" piece, designed to educate people about the dangers of their everyday activities. It is written over Benj Kanters' workshop in which he sites the average decibels found at sporting events (104-1375 dB), Nascar races (107 dB), etc. He says that the most common musician to experience deafness were classical musicians, as opposed to the assumed "rock and rollers." 

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