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[Neuroscience] Sound Above 140 Decibels -- Painful Yet Silent

Radium glucegen1 at excite.com
Tue Feb 28 18:49:00 EST 2006


I remember once reading a book about sound and hearing. I read
something in the section discussing acoustic trauma. It stated that
sounds above 140 dB, are not noticed as a sound but just felt as pain.
Why are such loud sounds perceived as silent to the victims? I can
understand the pain, of course. But why does the victim not hear the
sound? The sound is subjectively silent yet painful.



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