“Sound Moralism” and Sound Harm Treatment in Soundscape Research

This article combines the concept of “sound landscape” proposed by R. Murray Schafer, the father of ecological soundscape, and the “sociological imagination” presented by American sociologist C. Wright Mills, which aims to connect everyone’s situation to public social issues. Dig deep into the whole process of inquiry. In the public space where we live together, ordinary people take things for granted, such as the sound of motor vehicle horns on the city’s streets and the white noise of living and residential spaces. However, when life falls into the logic of the vicious circle of “some people have problems, many people talk more,” the different sounds of the city’s high and low decibels are “invisible killers” that bring people to health. From the “sound moralism” of public space, the article allows us to examine the general environment where people are not friendly, the living conditions are not suitable for living, whether people ignore the noise environment that they are accustomed to, but it has become exceptionally valued by the people in developed countries. The primary conditions of a livable environment and the overall feeling of living, as R. Murray Schafer once said, “Our ears are not plugged, and we are always destined to listen, but this does not mean that we have open ears.” At the end of the article, the research team shared the sound damage treatment process and clinical experience from the 10 cases of Misophonia (Misophonia) patients tracked in the past three years from the mental and psychological levels.

Keywords: Soundscape Research; Sound Moralism; Sound Harm Treatment; Retreat; Sound Phobia