When Sarah went to her first rave in London in the mid 1990s, she was hooked. For the next 20 years, the city's pumping club scene would become a huge part of her life. Even holidays were shaped around destinations such as Ibiza in Spain and the Thai island of Koh Phangan, so she could get her fix of loud music. Now 42, Sarah, who wants to remain anonymous, works in Hong Kong as an English teacher and part-time yoga teacher. And while her social life is quieter these days - "my nights are spent in the company of herbal teas and Netflix" - she has a constant reminder of her rave days. Sarah suffers from tinnitus - constant noise in the ears that is not caused by an external source. The noise varies from person to person, but, for many, it presents as a ringing sound - tinnitus is often referred to as ringing in the ears - while others experience buzzing or whistling sounds. For Sarah, it's constant hissing. Triggers for tinnitus vary but common causes include hearing loss, earwax … [Read more...] about Can you hear that? How exposure to loud music can cause tinnitus
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Personalized music playlists that rekindle memories of childhood and happy moments may bring joy to dementia patients, because music can activate parts of the brain not affected by the disease, experts say."One of the biggest challenges we have in our society is that so many people are living longer and developing dementia later in life," said Andy Lowndes, deputy chair of the Playlist for Life charity in Glasgow, Scotland. The charity has so far trained 4,650 health care staff to use music to treat dementia, and it estimates that its volunteers have reached more than 21,000 people since 2015.Given the lack of drugs for treating dementia, "our big interest in non-pharmaceutical approaches." Lowndes told Reuters Health by phoneThrough its Music Detective program, the Playlist for Life charity encourages families to speak to their relatives to find out which pieces of music trigger happy memories for them. Ideally, the playlists would be made before family members develop dementia.A … [Read more...] about Music playlists could help dementia patients
Since the new anti-hazing law or Republic Act 11053 was signed in mid-2018, there hasn’t been a single death due to fraternity hazing recorded in the country. I’m not keeping track myself; the Castillos are. Horacio Castillo Jr. and his wife Carmina lost their only son Horacio “Atio” III to sadists of Aegis Juris, the fraternity in the University of Santo Tomas law school, during initiation rites on Sept. 17, 2017. The Castillo couple faced us on One News’ “The Chiefs” last Monday, unloading a bit of their grief over their eldest child. Simply attending a wedding or baptism, Mrs. Castillo said, could be wrenching as they realize that they will never cradle a grandchild fathered by their son. Other parents in the past decades have suffered the same unbearable sorrow after losing their sons to a twisted concept of brotherhood. Some folks consider it the work of the devil – this compulsion to indulge one’s inner beast in fraternity or … [Read more...] about This time, justice?
It's already one of the world's most original commutes -- the ferry trip between Istanbul's European and Asian sides gives a daily quarter of a million passengers unforgettable views on their way to work. Now the Turkish city is offering music to offset the seascapes, and for the amateur musicians providing it, it's a chance to make some crucial money in difficult economic times. The musicians work hard to ensure their music reflects Istanbul's unique position as a city straddling East and West. "We travel back and forth between the two continents and we try to express emotions sparked by the two cultures: a kind of fusion, a synthesis," Oguzhan Erdem, one of the ferry musicians, told AFP. Until recently, ferry musicians played without authorisation, but city authorities realised they were missing an opportunity and launched a project to make them an official part of the experience. Erdem plays the Turkish ney reed flute, an instrument traditionally used by Sufis, a … [Read more...] about Istanbul’s musical ferry can be a soulful experience
Live events have given music collective Noisewhore a reputation in the local music scene. Their next big show will certainly make another major wave.Korean-American musician Michelle Zauner, better known as Japanese Breakfast, will play a gig at Rossi Musik Fatmawati in South Jakarta on Monday.A popular name in the global indie rock scene, the music of Japanese Breakfast is filled with impactful emotional landscapes projected through dreamy indie pop that is catchy without sacrificing depth.Japanese Breakfast – which comprises Zauner and her live band – has released two albums so far: Psychopomp in 2016 and Soft Sounds from Another Planet, released the following year on the influential independent label Dead Oceans.Both records have been well received by fans and critics alike, most of whom praise Zauner's honest lyricism.Japanese Breakfast's stop-off in Indonesia will be part of an Asian tour that also includes shows in the Philippines, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and South … [Read more...] about Japanese Breakfast: A good serving of indie music for Jakarta