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Understanding Noise and Sound

World Cup Soccer fans celebrating their team

Vuvuzela: The Fan Instrument For The World Cup

Have you ever heard of or even heard the vuvuzela?  Well, if you were at the World Cup matches you mostly certainly will hear one.  It is the loudest of all instruments used by fans at events like this. Unfortunately, the vuvuzela can cause permanent hearing loss.  There were concerns the vuvuzela might prevent emergency announcements by FIFA who governs these events, but they accepted the use of the instruments anyway.  They say it’s part of the event – it’s part of the culture of soccer.  I suppose it would be like taking hot dogs away from a baseball game. 

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Understanding Audio Description

Early in my audio career I was helping a company set up a large assistive listening system for Audio Description for the movie Forrest Gump.  Several hundred receivers were needed so the audience could experience what it was like to only hear and not ‘see’ a movie - the way visually impaired people experience a movie. Vince Scully did the voice narration that played along with the regular audio sound track –to listen to a movie with descriptive narration was an amazing experience and reminds me of the importance of audio in our lives.  In fact, I learned more about this movie with the narrative and it enhanced the experience greatly.  I had already “seen” the movie but the enhancement I received through the narration left a much stronger impression on me. 

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