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Acoustic Shock

Acoustic shock is the term for a sudden loud, unexpected noise, piercing into the ear. It makes the user jump or wince at the pain it causes, and depending on the intensity of the sound, may start to do damage to the ear.

Acoustic shock is a potential problem when using binaural sound systems, or another form of headphone-using sound system. Such systems send the sound vibrations directly into the pinna of the ear, and into the ear canal and eardrum at nearly point-blank range.

So, when a sound produced, does not take into account the comfort range of that individual, there is a danger of acoustic shock, as modern headphone systems are perfectly capable of producing sounds that will deal damage to the ear. Acoustic shock can be circumvented entirely by means of direct-to-the-brain neural codes passing up the auditory nerve. However, such techniques are highly invasive, and currently in their infancy.

See Also: Pinna, Pinna Filtering, Pinna Notch, Neural Coding, Binaural, Binaural Sound

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Electroactive Elastomers Artificial Muscles for Shock Absorption
Electroactive elastomers have been around for a long time. They are atificial muscles which change their form when exposed to an electrical field. However, add in an intelligent processing system, and a clever way of layering the elastomer for alternating power, and you have a very powerful shock absorber capable of taking significant impacts, and doing so for many years.

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Adultery is never exactly a great idea. Historically, for married couples, catching your spouse in the act with another person is reason enough to lead to divorce. Even if not married, finding out they have been playing the field as it were, is emotionally devastating. Why then is there such expressed shock and newsworthiness when one of the partners is virtual?


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Shock absorbers that generate electricity, which are being developed by Cambridge, MA-based Levant Power, can lower fuel consumption by 1.5 to 6 percent, depending on the vehicle and driving conditions. The system can also improve vehicle h...

Patients with severe injuries or serious infections run the risk of circulatory shock--a life-threatening condition in which the blood can't supply tissues with enough oxygen and nutrients. If shock is recognized in time, the patient can b...

Scientists at the US Naval Research Laboratory are developing a new technology for use in underwater acoustics. The new technology uses flashes of laser light to remotely create underwater sound. The new acoustic source has the potential to...

Manipulating tiny objects like single cells or nanosized beads often requires relatively large, unwieldy equipment, but now a system that uses sound as a tiny tweezers can be small enough to place on a chip, according to Penn State engineer...

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