Researchers learn mechanism of hearing is similar to car battery
(Phys.org)—University of Iowa biologist Daniel Eberl and his colleagues have shown that one of the mechanisms involved in hearing is similar to the battery in your car.
Researcher finds gender differences in seasonal auditory changes
Auditory systems differ between sexes in sparrows depending on the season, a Georgia State University neuroscientist has found. The work adds to our knowledge of how the parts of the nervous system, including ...
Chicks dig certain types of music
(PhysOrg.com) -- What accounts for the sounds we like to hear? Is it something about the properties of our auditory systems or brains? Or are such tastes learned? Two-month-old human infants show a preference for consonant, ...
It's not over when it's over: Storing sounds in the inner ear
Research shows that vibrations in the inner ear continue even after a sound has ended, perhaps serving as a kind of mechanical memory of recent sounds. In addition to contributing to the understanding of the complex process ...
High-volume portable music players may impair ability to clearly discriminate sounds
Growing numbers of people enjoy listening to music on portable music players or cell phones, and many tend to turn up the volume, especially in noisy surroundings. In a study published March 2, 2011 in the ...
Tinnitus is much more than a 'hearing problem', researcher says
Tinnitus appears to be produced by an unfortunate confluence of structural and functional changes in the brain, say neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC).
In Brief: The cocktail party problem
People can identify a repeating sound in a noisy room, but only when the noise includes mixtures of distinct distracting sounds, according to a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Our brains are wired so we can better hear ourselves speak, study shows
(PhysOrg.com) -- Like the mute button on the TV remote control, our brains filter out unwanted noise so we can focus on what we're listening to. But when following our own speech, a new brain study from UC ...
Children with cochlear implants have quality of life equal to normal hearing peers
Children who have cochlear implants (CI) rank their quality of life (QOL) equal to their normally hearing (NH) peers, indicates new research in the February 2010 issue of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.
Duke scientists map brain pathway for vocal learning
Scientists at Duke University Medical Center have identified neurons in the songbird brain that convey the auditory feedback needed to learn a song.
Hearing assistance comes to the home (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- European researchers have combined state-of-the-art technologies to help end the isolation suffered by the hearing impaired. End users are eager to get their hands on the suite of tools.
New brain findings on dyslexic children
The vast majority of school-aged children can focus on the voice of a teacher amid the cacophony of the typical classroom thanks to a brain that automatically focuses on relevant, predictable and repeating auditory information, ...
Researchers studying hearing loss find auditory regions of the brain convert to the sense of touch
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine researchers have discovered that adult animals with hearing loss actually re-route the sense of touch into the hearing parts of the brain.