Starkey Virtual Barbershop – Explaining the Perception of Sound in 3D

It has been almost 4 years since I first had a chance to listen to the Cetera Starkey virtual barbershop audio. At that time, I just heard it casually. But recently, when I again got a chance to listen to it, I not only listened to it more carefully, but also thought a bit more formally about it. Here, I am sharing my thoughts. And yes, for those who haven’t heard that virtual barbershop audio, you can listen to it here. But remember to use a headphone or earphone otherwise it will not work.

What actually this audio does? It basically exploits the brain’s capabilities to process the minute differences and cues in the sound intensity received from our both ears. And with the help of that intensity change, we are able to track the direction from where the sound is coming.

So what is the point in it? The point is that we are truly ignorant of this great capability and just take it for granted. Consider for a minute that this ability is taken from you. Now assume, what would happen if you hear your cell phone ringing in your room and you are unable to find it as you cannot detect the direction from where the sound is coming? What would happen if you are standing in a crowd, looking for your friend and he calls you from behind? What would you be doing if you can’t judge the direction of the car from its horn while driving? These are just a few examples. There is a plethora of other occasions where we are efficiently using this nature’s gift and those would be impossible to achieve without this capability.

If we just think about it for a moment, it won’t take long for us to be thankful to our Lord for all His blessings. Even the smallest of the things He created is amazing. There are millions of reasons to be thankful for, but unfortunately we are so busy in complaining about the negatives that we get no time to thank for the blessings. As a verse of Quran says:

Which of the favours of your Lord will you deny?

Author: Saad Riaz

The author is a Hardware Design Engineer by profession, but here he expresses his thoughts and has the vision to bring about some positive change within his capacity.

14 thoughts on “Starkey Virtual Barbershop – Explaining the Perception of Sound in 3D”

  1. yeah nice one ….the reliance on other sensory organs increase in the absence of any one of them…you just experience what would have been going on in the life of a blind person…

    1. Thank you for your comment brother. I agree to you on that! Every blessing of our Lord serves its purpose in the most amazing way.

  2. Thanks for drawing our attention towards this incredible blessing of our Lord. We are so much busy in our glamorous life that we hardly get time to think about these countless blessings. Well written.

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