A common theme among horror films is the nerve-wracking soundtrack that instills panic in the audience. Watching a horror flick without the sound on loses some scary effects.
What makes the music and sound effects frighten people? If sounds are just waves of vibrations that travel through the air, why do we react with alarm?
The Physiological Effects of Fear
When we sense a dangerous situation, our evolutionary biology reacts to it as a survival tactic.
It takes time to think, so when you are in harm’s way, it only takes seconds before you can react and get yourself to safety.
In many cases, processing visual information takes longer. The brain reacts quicker when hearing sounds - offering an advantage in survival mode.
When they become frightened, vertebrates, like humans, will react to harsh sounds and vocalizations that are out of the ordinary. An instant wave of anxiety or fear will overcome them.
Why do nonlinear sounds feel alarming?
The scream from an animal sounds like a grating, erratic noise that surpasses the abilities of the vocal cords.
When hearing nonlinear sounds, humans may interpret noise as atypical and life-threatening.
Nonlinear sounds, via artificial means (TV and movies), can recreate that same fear humans feel when they see or hear something frightening.
Fear the Soundtrack
Everyone remembers the infamous shower scene from Psycho. It’s terrifying.
It’s a lot less scary to watch the scene with the sound muted. The high-pitched screaming and music animates the fear into you while viewing the movie from the couch.
UCLA evolutionary biologist Daniel Blumstein conducted a study examining emotional reactions to two styles of music
Test subjects were to listen to emotionally neutral music scores and scores that included nonlinear properties.
Music with nonlinear elements brought out emotional responses and negative feelings in test subjects. This response is contingent upon human anatomy and physiology.
Scary movies often use nonlinear, cacophonous sounds to get a rise out of audiences.
If you are missing out on movie soundtracks of your favorite genre, contact Pure Sound Hearing for a complimentary hearing test and consultation.
Whether you are new to hearing aids or a seasoned hearing aid user, build a good relationship with your hearing aid specialist, as you would with any healthcare provider. After receiving your hearing aids and wearing them regularly, your hearing instrument specialist should be the primary person you seek advice from about your hearing aids.
The expertise of a hearing instrument specialist is no small feat. Our providers at Pure Sound Hearing are constantly learning about new programming updates for hearing aids and continue their training so that patients will receive the best care. The knowledge and treatment options offered are tailored to each patient’s needs. It’s important to establish a rapport so that you can feel comfortable asking questions and communicating your hearing needs if any problems come up.
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Individual service = better service. When your hearing instrument specialist understands your hearing loss and they keep working with you for a long time, there’s more than just a customized method of taking care of you. Your appointments become more thorough and your provider becomes more attentive to your hearing needs. Follow-up appointments are crucial to make sure things are going smoothly with your hearing aids.
Keeping the same provider will save you time in the long run. You won’t need to keep searching for someone new and repeat the history of your hearing loss.
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Reverse-slope hearing loss, or low-frequency hearing loss, is a rare type of hearing loss. The name itself comes from how it looks when visualized through an audiogram - a standard chart used to measure levels of hearing when a person receives a hearing test. Anyone who experiences this type of hearing loss finds it harder to hear low-pitched sounds like the bass sounds in music, male voices, and thunder. Your ability, or inability, to pick up these sounds is contingent upon the range of hearing loss, which can be mild to profound.
The volume of speech sounds you can hear and interpret may be impacted. The ability to detect vowel sounds, which are lower-pitched than consonant sounds, can also be challenging. If you don’t wear hearing aids, ask others to speak up if you have trouble hearing low-pitched sounds.
What are reverse-slope hearing loss symptoms?
What causes reverse-slope hearing loss?
Reverse-slope hearing loss can be a genetic form of hearing loss, or a person may experience it after a childhood illness (chickenpox or measles) or a viral infection. Most cases also occur alongside autoimmune disorders, Ménière's disease, or otosclerosis. With Ménière's disease, troubles with hearing can change and progress into other types of hearing loss that impact how sounds come across in various pitches.
A risk factor for heart disease is low-frequency hearing loss, but more research is needed to understand this connection.
If you are experiencing any range of hearing loss and believe hearing aids can be a solution, please contact Pure Sound Hearing for a hearing test and consultation.