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Relax Your Ears

Music, Tinnitus, and Inspiration


Welcome to the February/March Newsletter.
The National Radio Feature
The Radio feature
From American Public Media

I know you probably missed this last month because NPR ended up running it a day later than when I original mentioned in the last newsletter.

Anyway, here it is now.  Just click above or the photo to listen to it at

I look forward to hearing what you think. 


Video Blog #1!
New video camera?  Check.  Four hours of video editing to make a 4-minute video blog?  Check.  Ay yi yiiii... Well, part of it was learning the new editing software and at least I've got that down.  I have to admit it was a lot of fun to make, though.

So - please check it out below and enjoy!

And be on the lookout for more video blogs next month -- featuring more behind the scenes footage of the making of the next album as well as other adventures.  (Including my "hammered dulcimer" trip down to Oklahoma and a new Chicago Botanic Gardens inspired piano piece.)
Video Blog 1:  New Music, the Studio, and Snowmageddon
Video Blog 1: New Music, the Studio, and Snowmageddon

Chicago Tinnitus Support Group

Chicago Tinnitus Support Group
We had another very successful meeting  -- this time in a new and improved space.

Thanks to the Chicago Sulzer Public Library for their quiet and spacious room.

If you know anyone with tinnitus or hyperacusis in the Chicago area who might be interested in the group, please send them to: 


Thank you for your interest and support.  I look forward to hearing from you and sharing more with you next month.



Joel Styzens
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In This Issue
The Story: National Public Radio feature
Video Blog #1: Snowmageddon, the Studio, & new music
Chicago Tinnitus Support Group
Back in College? (studies in hearing)
Quick Links

Back in College? 

Studies in Hearing

Studies in Hearing at Columbia College
I recently had the opportunity to sit in on a Studies in Hearing class at Columbia College here in Chicago.  It's a class taught by Benj Kanters, a very knowledgeable and entertaining speaker.

I've been finding with my ear problems
that the more understanding I have about not only aspects directly related to my tinnitus and hyperacusis, but also of how everything works within the different structures of the ear, the more I feel like I'm in control of my ear problems.  It just really helps to be as pro-active as possible -- no matter what difficulty you're struggling with.

Here are just a few things I learned in the first class that I found fascinating:

-We have 30,000 nerve fibers connecting to 15,000 hair cells in each ear

-Our inner-ear system uses electro-chemical energy and has a chemical balance of Sodium, Calcium, and Potassium.  (That is why tinnitus can be affected by diet -- foods high in sodium can especially disrupt the inner-ear balance.)

-Ear wax, also called Cerumen, is an insect repellent. :-)

Learn more about Benj on his website:
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