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The Concert Effect – Better Known As Ringing Ears Concert

June 30th, 2012

Ringing Ears Concert – Not a New Band
Have you ever had ringing in ears after listening to soft music? Probably not, but if you have ever attended a loud concert, you may have experienced a condition sometimes referred to as “ringing ears concert.” Luckily, this condition is only a temporary side effect of listening to loud music for a short period of time; however, listening to loud music on a continual basis may permanently damage your ears.

Attending a concert, listening to and watching your favorite band play their hearts out can be the thrill of a lifetime. However, when the music is too loud or you when you are sitting too close to the speakers or the stage, your ears are exposed to extraordinarily loud sounds. Our ears are delicate organs and were not meant to be abused by such loud sounds.

Why Mom told you to turn the music down
Within your inner ear are thousands of tiny hairs cells.

These tiny hairs vibrate when sound waves pass over them and convert the sound waves into acoustical vibrations. These vibrations are sent to the audio portion of the brain which coverts them into sound. Studies have shown that loud music damages these tiny hair cells. When these hair cells become damaged, they begin to leak continuous signals to the brain resulting in the constant ringing or other ear noise tinnitus suffers hear.

“Ringing ears concert” is not limited to listening to live bands. Listening to loud music in the car or via headphones or ear plugs can also create the same phenomenon. In addition, it is not only music that can cause ringing in the ears, other loud sounds such as gunshots or blasts from explosions can also cause the ringing. The general consensus is that a sound level of 70 dB’s or higher for an extended period of time may cause damage to your ears. As a point of reference, a vacuum emits a sound of approximately 70 dB’s while a lawn mower emits a sound of approximately 85 dB’s

Can I take two aspirin?
Yes, but it won’t help unless you have a headache. The best thing to do after leaving a loud concert is to relax as much as possible and do not subject your ears to anything loud until your ears can adjust back to normal. If the ringing is simply too much, play soft music in the background as this will help to mask the ringing sound.

If you rarely attend concerts and are not normally around loud sounds, there shouldn’t be any concern of harm being done to your ears. However, if you listen to loud music or are around loud sounds on a regular basis, over time you may develop tinnitus.

The best way to avoid ringing in your ears after a concert is not to attend concerts. We all know that is not practical and highly unlikely so the next best piece of advice is to wear ear plugs the while attending a concert and stay as far away from the speakers as possible. Taking precautions to protect your ears is the best antidote to developing tinnitus.

My name is Kevin Cordahl and I have been a Tinnitus sufferer for many years. I have spent countless hours reading and studying everything published by top experts in the field of Tinnitus. To learn more about Tinnitus suffering and what can be done to reduce if not eliminate the constant ringing in your ears, check out my website here.

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The policeman stuck bullets in his ears

December 6th, 2010

The policeman stuck bullets in his ears
On Feb. 11, 1964, Beatlemania blasted Washington – all shrieks and Arthur haircuts and songs that nobody could quite make out.
Read more on Washington Post

Apple Cup Gameday Schedule
103rd Apple Cup Washington State vs. Washington Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 4 p.m.
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Today in History
Today is Monday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2010. There are 25 days left in the year.
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Sattelite Radio – Bringing Music To Your Ears

February 12th, 2010

Subscription-based satellite radio service is at the forefront of the US music market. Long gone are the days when people when the only option was in choosing from just one or two measly stations that had poor reception and overbearing, irritating disk jockeys and commercials!

However, local radio stations generally don’t fear the satellite radio revolution, predicting their survival in much the same way basic television has survived, despite the emergence of cable in the 90s. There’s a lot to love about satellite radio and it’s no surprise that Sirius Radio is ranked no. 1 Fastest Growing Company for 2007 (by Deloitte Technology).

First of all, satellite radio provide you with a high-quality digital signal that can transcend geographic borders by beaming down from three geosynchronous communications satellites orbiting around the Earth. Many channels feature CD-quality sound, static-free.

Secondly, subscribers have the choice of over 130 different satellite radio channels, ranging from various rock sub-genres to several news radio sources. This is great news for people who regularly listen to alternative sub-genres like Punk Rock, Death Metal, Christian Rock or Electronica! Satellite radio blends the best of both worlds – the specific ambiance of a CD, with the consumer’s need for exposure to new music in fact it seems that new stations are popping up on a weekly basis.

Electronic Music Fans will prefer the Sirius radio service if they’d like a Breakbeat/Old SKool station, in addition to the usual Trance/Progressive stations that both satellite radio services provide. XM Radio has exclusive rights to acclaimed BPM, but Sirius has a special Dance Hits station.

The third benefit – that’s worth its weight in gold – is that there are NO commercials! It may be hard to believe that 100% commercial-free radio exists, but for just $13/month, you can evade the constant interruptions that plague your morning and late afternoon commutes. Satellite radio is the obvious choice for truckers, delivery drivers and long road trips.

However, the fact that satellite radio costs anything is still a deterrent to many frugal individuals. Therefore, there will always be a market for regular local broadcast stations. At this point, it can be a hassle to go to the electronics shop and get satellite radio receivers for home use or for your car, having said that there is a huge range of satellite receivers and radios for the home and car on many internet sites.

In the future, satellite radio will become the standard and most new cars will already have it installed. Maybe then the real revolution will begin.

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Music To Your Ears – The Healing Way

November 27th, 2009

Shakespeare once said, “If music be the food of love, play on”. The power of music over the human mind is enormous, and that’s putting it lightly. Music therapy is the use of music for therapeutic purposes by a trained professional. The idea of using music as a healing influence dates back to the time of Plato and Aristotle. In the modern world, music for therapy came to the fore when musicians played for war veterans to cure them of physical and emotional trauma. Since many of the patients responded well, nurses and doctors began requesting the services of musicians for therapy.

Soon, music therapy became recognized as an effective and scientifically-backed mode of treatment. The first music therapy degree program ever was established in 1944 in the State of Michigan, U.S.

A trained music therapist gauges the emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning and cognitive skills through the patient’s responses to music. Once the assessment is complete, the practitioner designs music session for individuals or groups. The therapeutic music is prepared based on client needs and uses music improvisation, song writing, lyric discussion, imagery and musical performances.

Using music for therapy can be a very powerful way to reach children and adolescents. Elderly people and people with developmental and learning disabilities, people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and age related problems and people in acute pain also benefit from music therapy. Music therapy is a powerful way to help people express their feelings.

Professional music therapists are usually found in rehabilitative facilities, psychiatric hospitals, medical hospitals, drug and alcohol programs, nursing homes, correctional facilities, schools and private practice.

Some people mistakenly believe that a patient needs to have some particular musical ability to benefit from therapy. There is no one particular style of music that is more therapeutic than the rest. Any style of music can be equally effective. Any person can be a patient. The patient’s background, needs and history help determine the type of music used.

Even healthy people can make use of the healing powers of music. Listening to or making music, playing or drumming can greatly reduce stress and improve productivity. Research shows that music is a vital support for physical exercise. Music therapy is even said to assist labor and delivery.

In hospitals, music therapy is used to alleviate pain and is often used in conjunction with anesthesia or pain medication. A question that is often raised is why use music if anesthesia does the same thing? Music helps because it dissolves emotional barriers and elevates the patient’s mood. Music also counteracts depression, calms and even sedates patients. In a nutshell, music helps reduce muscle tension and brings on a deep and satisfying relaxation.

Since 1994 music therapy has been identified as a reimbursable service in the U.S. Music therapy is considered ‘active treatment’ when it meets the following criteria:

– Is prescribed by a physician

– Is reasonably necessary for the treatment of the injury or condition

– Is based on a documented treatment plan

– Is showing some sort of result in the patient

The future of music therapy is indeed very promising as more and more research supports the effectiveness of music against diseases like Alzheimer’s and chronic pain.

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