Happy Noise Geek Day

It is a marvellous day in the life of any self-affirmed noise geek when new noise toys arrive for careful caressing and cooing over. This time it is a Pulsar P45 hand held noise meter and a rather large set of ten wearable Pulsar dosebadges. Lovely stuff. 

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Loud noise can kill computers

Gizmodo UK recently published an article detailing a case of a bang caused by fire suppressant gasses being released into a NASDAQ data centre that was loud enough to physically kill some of the equipment being used in there.

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Bone Conduction Headphones

Social Media these days seems to be full of companies launching earphones that play music 'via the magic of bone conduction' and often pitch them as this meaning you cannot damage your hearing from the music heard via them, usually backed up by some very woolly and often incorrect science. This is a meander through hearing via bone conduction and whether these products do what is claimed.

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Best ways for bursting an ear drum

An ear drum, or 'tympanic membrane' for those who like proper words, is the thin partition between the outer ear and the middle ear, sealing off the ear canal and is the bit which vibrates in response to sound waves hitting it and turns noise into something you can hear. Bursting or puncturing it is fairly common, if painful, and after many years of doing hearing tests around the country, these are some of the most cringe-worthy stories I have been told about how people burst their own ears...

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Flare Audio ISOLATE ear plug marketing

In the ISOLATE, Flare Audio have come up with an ear plug that is certainly very different to the standard types on offer by the major manufacturers, and accompany them by some very slick marketing. The ISOLATE and ISOLATE Pro plugs have pricing to match the marketing though, at £25 and £50 per pair respectively, but is the marking anything other than sales fluff? As someone who has spent the best part of two decades working in the noise safety area, and who has conducted many thousands of hearing tests on people, here are a few of their claims and statements examined more closely to see how true or accurate they are.

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