Your head as a RADAR

By | 2010-11-07

After several months, Howard discovered many ways to compensate for his hearing loss on one side [ear]. […] “I no longer had to close my eyes if I kept scanning the scene by moving my head in a side-to-side motion, with a very slight up-and-down wave motion.”

Composer, ethnomusicologist and virtual reality pioneer Jaron Larnier is concerned with designing virtual reality with the greatest possible visual and auditory fidelity. He stresses that micro-movements of the head (movements of a few millimetres, or tiny rotations), performed automatically and unconsciously in fractions of a second, occur even in those with perfect binaural hearing and are, indeed, necessary for precise sound location.

Musicophilia, by Oliver Sacks (neurologist, author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat)