Study Finds Human Sense of Hearing Most Acute While Masturbating

A recent study from Tufts University has shown that the human sense of hearing is most sensitive to very small sounds while the subject is masturbating.

Jaylene Mackintyre, one of the co- authors of the study, said, “normally an average person can only hear down to about 0 decibels, but when the person is pleasuring themselves, their range of hearing extends well into the negatives. For instance, the sound of a lightly turned doorknob on the other end of the house is nearly inaudible under normal circumstances, but a masturbating person can pick it up effortlessly as though it were right behind them.”

The study monitored masturbating subjects exposed to a wide variety of subtle sounds that would be undetectable to humans under normal circumstances, such as far-off footsteps.

Lee Gretzky, another co-author, said, “What we observed exceeded even our highest expectations. Light breezes, tiny floorboard creaks, calls for dinner, no matter what we threw at them, they reacted within milliseconds.”

Gretzky said that the subjects’ reactions typically involved “a state of panic” and “immediate formation of an alternative explanation for their behavior.” According to the study, over half of male test subjects claimed to be “scratching [their] arm” when one of the researchers walked in to collect data.

For both male and female test subjects, “the amount of brain activity in the few seconds after hearing the sound was more than the total amount in the preceding few minutes, or even hours,” Gretzky said.

Masturbation-induced hearing sensitivity is not the only phenomenon the Tufts researchers are studying. A follow-up article, still in the peer- review process, has asserted that clarity of the human mind is highest in the moments immediately after masturbation.

Published October 2014

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