Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bridesmaid at Royal Wedding 'One Unhappy Camper'

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Quiet Regards,
The Daily Decibel

Bridesmaid at Royal Wedding 'One Unhappy Camper'


Little Grace Van Cutsem, we feel your pain, sweetie.


Palace officials said van Cutsem, a goddaughter of Prince William, felt poorly when she was on the balcony.

Apparently she had to deal with fighter jets flying overhead and a large crowd cheering beneath the Royal Balcony.

According to the military member in this video, a least one of the jets was a 66-year-old Lancaster Bomber.

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Only goes to show that children can be sensitive to loud noise. How many decibels (dB) was it out there? Heaven only knows, but we reckon little Gracie could have used a couple of earplugs at the moment.

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8 comments:

Sarinne Fox said...

Such a cute picture! It's true that children, with their smaller ear canals, experience greater sound pressure from the same noise level. Infants may perceive a sound as being 20 dB higher than an adult would.

Anonymous said...

CatBar* said....
Poor little sod. That could be ME!

Oh the misery of feeling you were the only sensitive one amongst a whole bunch of non-sensitives.

With me it was a whole lot of things including noise and certain sounds. Just TOO MUCH of everything including other people.

* not really Anonymous - just can't ever get the ID thingie to ever work for me

Sarinne Fox said...

I ran across this interesting article, hypothesizing that Grace has hyperacusis: http://healthbitesonline.blogspot.com/2011/05/why-did-grace-van-cutsem-cover-her-ears.html

It was flippant of me to call the picture "cute," when she was in genuine distress, and even pain, from the sound. I ought to know better! Here's hoping that the wedding was a rare event in her life and that she does not normally suffer that pain from noise.

The Daily Decibel said...

Hi Sarinne and CatBar,

Thanks to both of you for your great comments!

Sarinne,

if I may link to the source of the decibel guidelines for noise exposure that you mentioned:

From the World Health Organization (WHO.int):

In the case of children ... peak sound pressure levels should never exceed 120 dBA.- Guidelines for Community Noise: Guideline Values, "4.2.2 Noise-induced hearing impairment", part (b).

I agree that it's an interesting hypothesis about Grace possibly having hyperacusis. (I wish they would have stated so; instead, they seemingly say "she has hyperacusis" outright.) My thoughts are, maybe Grace hadn't got proper sleep the night before. Maybe she was given a chocolate bar during the morning hours of the wedding (chocolate bars generally contain some caffeine and loads of sugar) which may have caused her to become over-sensitive with the loud fighter jets and the loud crowd and all. So I don't know that she has hyperacusis or misophonia (defined here as high emotional reaction to noise) or whether it's largely a case of her young age. And yes, I agree with you both that hopefully such noise would be a rarity for her as she grows up.

CatBar,

As to why the ID thing didn't work, my thoughts are that cookies weren't enabled in your browser for the site blogger.com and/or blogspot.com. I tested things out on my end, and it seems that upon disabling cookies for those 2 particular websites (blogger.com and blogspot.com) it won't allow the commenting ID. Hope that might solve things. (Not sure which browser you are using.)

Quiet Regards,
Chris Bennett

The Daily Decibel said...

Forgot to mention this link at tinnitus.org which explains misophonia ("miso" referring to dislike and phonia" referring to sound) and differences between certain terms.

http://www.tinnitus.org/home/frame/DST_NL2_PJMJ.pdf

It is written by Dr. Margaret M. Jastreboff, Ph.D. and Dr. Pawel J. Jastreboff, Ph.D., Sc.D.

- Chris Bennett

CatBar said...

Sorry, this is going off-topic for this thread but it's the only way I can respond to Chris's helpful comment (see below):

"As to why the ID thing didn't work, my thoughts are that cookies weren't enabled in your browser for the site blogger.com and/or blogspot.com. I tested things out on my end, and it seems that upon disabling cookies for those 2 particular websites (blogger.com and blogspot.com) it won't allow the commenting ID. Hope that might solve things. (Not sure which browser you are using.)

Quiet Regards
Chris Bennett


I use Internet Explorer (can't find out which grade, ei 7 or 8; I think it's one of those). Have I got it right that I should try to 'enable cookies for blogger.com and blogspot.com'....?

The Daily Decibel said...

CatBar,
Yep. That's right. In Internet Explorer, click Tools, then scroll down to 'Internet Options' then click the 'Privacy' tab and then click 'Sites'. In the 'Sites' area, add blogger.com and then add blogspot.com.

And then close your browser and then open it once more.

Find the version by clicking 'Help' and then scroll down to 'About Internet Explorer'. So, for example, if it reads "8.0.6001.18702" or some long number, you know, simply consider it version 8.

HTH (Hope that helps)

Take care,

Chris

CatBar said...

Just to say, many thanks Chris for all your kind responses!

I've been enjoying 'Daily Decibel' as I'm 'selectively Sound-sensitive' to Certain Types of sound.

I think the Google Account thingie might be working for me - or it seems to be doing so at the moment... I simply entered what seemed to be my Password.

I can't tell if I've already Enabled Cookies for these 2 sites or not - I don't know what risks having Enabled Cookies might entail so for the moment I've left well alone.

And I found out the version of my IE by following your suggestion. (It's version 8).

Sorry again to be filling up this thread with my own peculier issues. Do go ahead and relocate it to a more appropriate place if you wish.

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