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by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

Sound is powerful. When focused, it can destroy tumors. Sound can entertain us, but it can also annoy us. It can cause noise-induced hearing loss, and also has non-auditory health effects.

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses the impact of sound with Northwestern University’s Professor Nina Kraus in this podcast. He states:

On today’s episode, Kraus explains how the sounds we’re surrounded by everyday–-like a noisy leaf blower or the soothing sound of music-–really matter and can impact our physical and mental health. Plus, she shares tips for building a healthy “sonic world.”

I have read Prof. Kraus’ book, “Of Sound Mind,” and exchanged emails with her.

I usually don’t spend the time listening to podcasts–for me, the amount of information received isn’t worth the time compared to the amount of information I can learn by reading–but knowing how insightful Prof. Kraus is, I did spend the time to listen to this one.

You should, too. It’s worth the time.

I particularly liked her statement that “[o]ur choices as to how we live our lives sonically really do matter.”

That’s sound advice.

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