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Can audiophiles control Tensor tympani

solderdude

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I have no control over it and assume it functions as it should be.
Works as an automatic sensitivity control in my case.
Had no idea people could deliberately control it.
For those that can ... what is the effect one can obtain ?
 

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Funny I thought that was normal too. Takes me a partial yawn to do it; sounds like midbass rumblings.
 
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I have no control over it and assume it functions as it should be.
Works as an automatic sensitivity control in my case.
Had no idea people could deliberately control it.
For those that can ... what is the effect one can obtain ?
Envy those who can, guess you can acquire golden ears by exercising the tensor tympani. I’m sure @amirm has this ability ... ;-)
 

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But... For those that can ... what is the effect one can obtain ?
 
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Seems it’s old news, sorry for that ...

”Some individuals can voluntarily produce this rumbling sound by contracting the tensor tympani muscle of the middle ear. The rumbling sound can also be heard when the neck or jaw muscles are highly tensed as when yawning deeply. This phenomenon has been known since (at least) 1884.”
 

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But... For those that can ... what is the effect one can obtain ?
Play this back at 2X speed, in mono, and without the artificially sounding echo-y effect(I can collapse any audio into mono with a button press from my RME, but removing the echo-y aspect I wouldn't know how to do without Equalizer APO for example, but it's nothing too serious, as the sound is still pretty accurate to what I hear when I flex that muscle). That's all that occurs, with more effort exerted, it just becomes louder.

If you need an actual demonstration personally, just stick your fingers in your ear and pay attention to the rumbling sound from what I presume is some sort of occluding effect. (This can also be achieved with IEM's when you get a seal)

I feel this also happen out of my control when there is an extremely loud high frequency sound being played (like deafeningly loud for example), it seems to be what I assume is a defense mechanism against damage to such sounds.

 

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But... For those that can ... what is the effect one can obtain ?
They can produce a rumbling sound inside their ears. That's it, really.

I find it slightly tiring and can't keep it up for more than a minute or so. There's a subreddit devoted to the ability, but it's mostly just a parade of postings from people who are amazed to have just learned not everybody can do it.
 

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Sticking your fingers in your ears as Tks mentioned sounds similar to me, though in my case the muscle rumbling seems to sound both a little deeper and a fair bit louder. Nothing particularly shocking, though it's kind of neat.
 
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