Mapping tinnitus

Thompson, Marie (2024). Mapping tinnitus. The Senses and Society (Early Access).



In this article I offer a critical reflection on the production of ‘tinnitus maps’ as part of the Arts and Humanities Research project, Tinnitus, Auditory Knowledge and the Arts. Influenced by both methods and critiques of sound mapping, tinnitus maps mark an attempt to creatively document the relationship between aurality, context and place. Tinnitus maps depart from sound mapping’s focus on the aural specificity of ‘proper noun’ places, instead depicting tinnitus as a mode of aurality. This article situates these maps in relation to the practices and discourses of acoustic ecology: a field that has been associated with and been influential for various methods of sound mapping. I posit that tinnitus maps serve to amplify the exclusions created by acoustic ecology’s ‘aesthetic moralism’ and investment in ‘normate aurality’, while also offering novel insights into tinnitus’ spatial and relational constitution.

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