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Listening to Tinnitus

posted Aug 3, 2012, 8:22 AM by Mack Hagood
I recently wrote a short article for the sound studies blog Sounding Out, called "Listening to Tinnitus: Roles of Media When Hearing Breaks Down." It's a "wide net" piece that points to a number of opportunities for sound/media scholars and the tinnitus community to learn from one another. Tinnitus ("ringing in the ears") is a tricky problem space where media are variously seen as cause and cure. Media are also used to objectify and publicize this poorly understood and subjective condition. However, media advocacy and message boards can also exacerbate people's negative experience of their tinnitus--and potentially lead others to problematize their own previously benign or unnoticed tinnitus. Closer study of the relations between listening, discourse, and media is needed.