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  1. I was fascinated by your article. I suffer from partial hearing loss and I suffer from persistent tinnitus. I was wondering if the research could lead to understanding the correlation between the two afflictions. I would be so grateful for even a temporary relief of the tinnitus.

  2. I just came back from vacation with a friend who has a very soft voice with little nasal sound in it. We went to several very noisy restaurants. By the time dinner was over I was exhausted. I read your article in the Bostonia and was elated to discover your research, as I was about to think about getting a hearing aid. Have you any idea when you will have a device on the market that might help?
    As well as being a clinical psychologist, I’m an amateur musician with a serious, long term engagement with playing the cello and singing in both a choir and a cappella group. Since a cappella singing is relatively new to me (10 months) it was very hard at first. The more I knew my part and could sing it the more I could “hear” the other voices without being over whelmed.
    At one point, though, I was sitting between a tenor and bass and was away from the other altos. I lost my own part and was thrown into a panicked cacophony of sound and cognitive confusion. But I persisted and gradually could maintain my part better and begin to hear the tenor and bass not as sound but as harmony. I’m not sure why I’m telling you all this. Perhaps the point I’m trying to convey is that as much I tried to focus my attention it didn’t help until I had enough repeated efforts with little bits of progress with each effort that it allowed me to hear in a patterned way with less frustration.
    Thanks for listening. If you have any helpful advise for me I’d appreciate hearing from you.
    Regards,

    Maggie

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