Your brain turns sounds into words instantaneously. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, studied the areas of the brain that recognize speech and discovered several amazing features. Sounds outside the brain are received and transferred into four regions, where they are processed into recognizable words:
An ear infection can be a miserable experience for a child (and parents). Doctors typically prescribe antibiotics to clear up the painful infection and usually this takes care of the problem. For children with recurring ear infections, medical professionals typically recommend ear-tube surgery. New guidelines indicate this may not be the best option.
When you were growing up, your parents may have told you to “turn it down” when you listened to the TV or radio. Today’s young people are hearing these words, too, except the concern is about the sound level of their video games, tablets, MP3 players and smartphones. Generations ago, people were not aware of noise-induced hearing … Read Full Article
Spending time in total darkness may improve your hearing. New research studies indicate that people may be able to enhance their hearing if they simulate blindness for a short period of time. Researchers at the University of Maryland and the Mind/Brain Institute at Johns Hopkins University studied the visual impact on adult rodents that were … Read Full Article
Tickets? Check. Cool outfit? Check. Extra cash or credit cards? Check. Earplugs? What!?! Why? At concerts, you get to hear your favorite songs performed up close and personal. But the sound levels may damage your hearing. Medical experts advise people to wear earplugs when going to a concert to avoid hearing damage. Medical professionals explain that … Read Full Article
Hearing loss often occurs when people are exposed to loud noises, such as an explosion or concert, but it also develops when they experience repetitive sounds. Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health report that continuous sounds can damage inner ear hair cells and lead to the development of tinnitus or permanent … Read Full Article
Every year over 30 million Americans are exposed to hazardous occupational noises, emphasizing the importance of protecting your hearing while at work.
The ability to hear is dependent on healthy hair cells in the inner ear. These hairs help convert sound vibrations into signals that travel along the auditory nerve to the brain where sounds are identified.
Imagine a device that uses sounds or music to allow the blind or those partially blind to visualize and navigate their surroundings. This new technology now is accessible through a smartphone app to help blind people use sound to see.
When hearing loss occurs, depending on the degree of impairment, some frequencies of sound may be lost forever. But often, hearing aids can be adjusted to help people enjoy music again.