Yes, I was indeed fooling myself.
In this forum :
I realized that secondsOfSilenceToDetect only take affect when starting the listener, anyway. So, I was probably experiencing the placebo effect.
My current thought is to cache the RapidEars result and if the regular OpenEars hypothesis does not kick in within a given threshold, just use it.
That should accomplish the same objective.
Thanks again for all the help and the outstanding plugins.
I am just dialing in some details on an MVP that I hope takes us places.