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

Tags: attention birds hearing science-and-technology sounds

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

Tags: robots hearing sensors science-and-technology perception

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

Tags: hearing deafness opioids sound featured health-and-medicine

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

Tags: covid-19 hearing speech elderly health-disparities hearing-loss nursing-homes hospitals communication face-masks hearing-aids cochlear-implant assistive-technology deaf interpreter

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

Tags: dementia cognition hearing aging sound featured health-and-medicine

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

Tags: hearing eyes health-and-medicine medical-tests sounds

Deaf babies with Deaf parents have serious gaze skills

"Informal observations of Deaf infants interacting with their Deaf parents have suggested that these infants possess keen control over their eye-gaze behavior."

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
Oct. 16, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: parents hearing vision deafness learning babies families science-and-technology sign-language

Mild-to-moderate hearing loss in children leads to changes in how brain processes sound

Deafness in early childhood is known to lead to lasting changes in how sounds are processed in the brain, but new research published today in eLife shows that even mild-to-moderate levels of hearing loss in young children can lead to similar changes.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 1, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: children hearing

Lower risk of depression, dementia after getting hearing aids

Older adults who get hearing aids for newly diagnosed hearing loss have a lower risk of dementia, depression, and anxiety diagnoses over the next three years, research finds.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Sept. 5, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: depression dementia anxiety hearing aging older-adults medical-devices featured health-and-medicine

Could treatments for tinnitus target brain inflammation?

Investigation into inflammation in a sound-processing region of mouse brains suggests future tinnitus treatments.

Jo Marie Barkley-U. Arizona • futurity
Aug. 22, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: inflammation hearing brains tinnitus health-and-medicine ears sounds

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