Watch app identifies sounds for deaf and hard-of-hearing people

A smartwatch app called SoundWatch, sends people who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing an alert when sounds—such as alarms, bird song, or a microwave beep—occur.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
Oct. 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: deafness communication assistive-technology sound featured science-and-technology

Cricket ‘singing’ has been the same for 300 million years

Crickets, katydids, and grasshoppers have been singing the same tune for more than 300 million years, a new study shows.

Adam Russell-TAMU • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: evolution insects fossils communication sound science-and-technology

Noise dropped by almost 50% early in pandemic

Stay-at-home orders cut environmental noise exposure nearly in half during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers find.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 sound science-and-technology

Noise dropped by almost 50% early in pandemic

Stay-at-home orders cut environmental noise exposure nearly in half during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers find.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 sound science-and-technology

Scientists find upper limit for the speed of sound

A research collaboration between the University of Cambridge, Queen Mary University of London and the Institute for High Pressure Physics in Troitsk has

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: materials sound

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

Tags: hearing aging sound science-and-technology

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

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

16 synced violinists show how human networks function

Check out the video showing how an experiment with 16 violinists playing together reveals the uniqueness of human social networks.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
Aug. 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: music communication sound society-and-culture social-lives

Silent stadiums change sports for fans at home

The regular sounds of sports will be missing when they return after COVID-19 hiatuses. How will silence or artificial crowds change the game for viewers?

Jason Maderer-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sports science-and-technology society-and-culture sounds noise

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