Joel and Katinka (gif 600 header)
In This Issue
New articles: Chicago Tribune, Time Out Magazine, Music Examiner
This just in! National Public Radio Feature Tue, Feb. 1st
New Video (Philip Glass piano piece)
Tinnitus & Hyperacusis related links (on right side)

January/February Newsletter

Chicago Tribune photo (tinnitus support group)
photo: Chicago Tribune

Greetings, and welcome to the Relax Your Ears Newsletter for 2011!

I'll be combining hearing conservation & tinnitus with my music newsletter in one monthly issue.

Since the last newsletter we've had two successful meetings of our Chicago Tinnitus Support group.  Over 40 people came out last time, which featured a presentation from audiologist Jill Meltzer.  We'll be meeting again on February 26, so please plan to attend if you have a hearing condition or care about someone who does.  Tinnitus and hyperacusis can be isolating and frustrating, and so it's great to connect with others who understand.

Recently, I've gotten interviews and notices from several publications regarding my music and the Tinnitus support group.  Click on the links for more information.

The Story - American Public Media

This Just In!

Just today, I received a phone call that an audio-documentary piece about my music and hearing loss advocacy just got picked up by the radio program The Story. Tuesday, February 1, this piece will be featured on a national broadcast through American Public Media to over a 110 public radio stations across the Country.

Click here to find out about streaming live or if your public radio station carries it.  (scroll all the way to the bottom for the links to stream it live from anywhere

New Year's Resolutions


"Begin Anywhere."  (John Cage)

One of my New Year's resolutions is to play more piano, and so I'd like to share a piano piece that inspires me.  I recently learned "Opening" by Philip Glass, who is known for his minimalism.

What is most intriguing about this piece is that it's based off of only three main parts and uses the same rhythmic pattern for the entire piece.  I love its simplicity, and I find it one of the most moving and inspiring pieces of piano music I've ever heard.

To be able to evoke so much with so little is amazing.   

This is me attempting to do it justice. I hope you enjoy it.

Next month I plan on sharing a video of a new piano piece I'm currently writing now.

philip glass youtube video - Joel Styzens
click to view on Youtube
















Thank you for your continued interest and support.  I look forward to sharing more with you next month -- including some new music and videos and a peek at the progress of my next album.



Joel Styzens

[email protected]

Katinka Kleijn

Sophie Webber



Tinnitus & Hyperacusis

Chicago Tinnitus Support Group


or the Chicago Tinnitus Support Group

Facebook page


Support Group in Your Area?

Check here at

New and promising tinnitus and hyperacusis therapies/treatments:

National Institute of Health:

"Rebooting the brain helps stop the ring of tinnitus..."


-Dealing with some new finds involving electrode stimulation of the vagus nerve in the neck.  Not like other therapies -- not masking or hiding the tinnitus... actually returning the brain to the neurological state that it was in before the onset of tinnitus. 



The Wall Street Journal:

"Turing Off the Ringing Sound" 


-Dealing mostly with rTMS, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation and cognitive behaioral therapy.




Acoustic CR Neuromodulation




-aimed at "unlearning" the tinnitus sound. Using a complex mathematic algorithm as a basis, the device works towards disrupting the pathologically hyperactive synchronicity of the nerve cells in the auditory cortex - through non-invasive, targeted acoustic signals.



The Times London

Regrowing the inner hair cells











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