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Music to our ears

International music and noise exposure expert Marshall Chasin, Au.D., ’03, M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO, Aud (C), shared his knowledge with 122 attendees of the Women’s Wellness program’s annual community luncheon on March 1 at the newly opened Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix.

During Dr. Chasin’s presentation, “Hear the Music,” he discussed hearing loss prevention and the importance of appreciating and not taking advantage of music.

“It turns out that humans are wonderful at discerning changes in pitch, and we can certainly tell when people are off key,” said Dr. Chasin. “However, we are quite poor discriminators of intensity. It is intensity that eventually causes hearing loss damage. Rock and roll needs to be loud, but it does not need to be intense.”

Dr. Chasin’s presentation covered hearing protection, moderation, and some tricks to delude the musician and the listener such as lowering the volume and obtaining special noise-reducing headphones.

Founding Women’s Wellness co-chairs and incoming co-chairs Christine Muldoon, Amanda Weaver, Nancy Dean, and Kim Hochschuler.

Among the Women’s Wellness crowd sat ATSU audiology faculty, staff, and students. ASHS Dean Barbara Maxwell, P.T., D.P.T., ’06, M.Sc., Cert. THE, and Audiology Chair and Associate Professor Tabitha Parent Buck, Au.D., provided remarks to the crowd, informing them of the Arizona School of Health Sciences, and more specifically the Audiology program.

“The Women’s Wellness Luncheon provided an excellent opportunity to inform attendees about the prevention of hearing loss as well as some key points regarding the audiology programs at ATSU,” said Dr. Parent Buck. “I was honored to be a part of this event and happy to see audiology students and faculty networking with community members.”

The event also symbolized the changing of the guards for the co-chairs of the Women’s Wellness program. Founding co-chairs Kim Hochschuler and Christine Muldoon welcomed both Amanda Weaver and Nancy Dean as incoming co-chairs for the program. Hochschuler and Muldoon were both presented with personal framed copies of “The Healing Touch,” painted by DeLoss McWilliams.

Guests received ATSU bags filled with items such as Dr. Chasin’s book, “Hear the Music,” informational sheets on hearing, an ATSU calendar, a stress relief ball in the shape of an ear, and a set of ear plugs.

“Hear the Music” event sponsors included Women’s Wellness member Randy Kendrick, Scottsdale Healthcare, Eytomic Research, and Dr. Chasin.

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