Decibel Goggles

I once encountered the link between loud [insert name here] music and suppression of cognitive function in a Spanish motorway brothel. As soon as I came in, as the only customer and perhaps the first for a long time, the staff jumped for the sound system and turned it up to a shattering volume that sent me straight out again. They stared after me in incomprehension and disappointment, from which reaction I venture to assume that the din normally functions to facilitate trade. How else could it do this but by depressing sales resistance?

Posted on December 27, 2011 at 22:05 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: CULTURAL ODDS AND ENDS, Cause and Effect Of Brain Damage

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  1. Written by Urban Djin
    on April 8, 2012 at 14:42

    Perhaps they cater to a hearing impaired clientèle. Here in the states that would be almost everybody. This is easily demonstrated by data from the military. Every year for a very long time they have been testing the hearing of a broad cross section of American 18 year olds. Since the 70s they have needed to lower standards again and again just to get enough warm bodies in uniform.

    I have been very protective of my own hearing and consequently EVERYTHING is waaaaay too loud. Police and ambulance sirens are so freakishly loud that it feels like an icepick is being driven into my eardrum. As I cover my ears wincing in pain I notice that no one else does. I am hearing 20 or more decibels that they are not.

    The experience you describe would probably have the same effect on anyone whose hearing has not been seriously compromised.

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