Super cheap hearing aid uses parts that cost $1

Age-related hearing loss affects more than 200 million adults worldwide, many of whom can't afford hearing aids. New technology aims to fix that.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Sept. 29, 2020 ~9 min

Auditory attention works alike in birds and people

Our ability to focus on one voice in a noisy room is an example of auditory attention. New research finds commonalities in birds.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
Sept. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Hearing gives robot perception a big boost

Today's robots primarily get by with vision and touch. Giving them another sense, hearing, improves robot perception, researchers find.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Aug. 26, 2020 ~5 min

Using opioids can cause permanent deafness

Using opioids can cause tinnitus, partial or total loss of hearing acuity, and even permanent deafness, a new study shows.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 18, 2020 ~3 min

Gene editing may be a path to restore partial hearing

Wei Hsi “Ariel” Yeh dedicated her research in chemistry to solving some of the vast genetic mysteries behind hearing loss.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
June 5, 2020 ~6 min

Masks and distancing make it tough for the hard-of-hearing, but here's how to help

Audiologists recommend enhanced communication strategies in the time of coronavirus to help the nearly 60 million Americans living with hearing loss in one or both ears.

Nicole Marrone, Associate Professor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona • conversation
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

Face masks are a challenge for people with hearing difficulties

Here are five tips for the hearing impaired.

Kevin Munro, Ewing Professor of Audiology, University of Manchester • conversation
April 30, 2020 ~5 min

Hearing aids may protect your thinking ability

Using a hearing aid could help people ward off cognitive decline or even help them improve their thinking, researchers find.

U. Melbourne • futurity
Feb. 27, 2020 ~6 min

Why it may be hard to follow conversations in noisy environments

Harvard researchers have found two biomarkers that may help explain why a person with normal hearing struggles to follow conversations in noisy environments.

Suzanne Day • harvard
Jan. 31, 2020 ~5 min

A new kind of hearing test looks at the eyes

Research with barn owls sparked the idea for a new type of hearing test: one that focuses on eye dilation.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
Jan. 9, 2020 ~4 min