A New Hearing Aid Promises to Tune Out Distracting Voices By Reading the Wearer’s Brain Waves

You don’t notice it happening, but in a crowded, noisy room, your brain has the remarkable ability to effectively tune out all but the people you’re talking to. Trying to replicate this behaviour in gadgets like hearing aids has proven to be very difficult, but researchers might have finally found a solution by listening to not only sounds but also the wearer’s brain waves. Read More >>

Scientists Say They’ve Created a Smartphone App That Can Hear Ear Infections

Wondering if your kid is dealing with an ear infection? Soon, according to researchers at the University of Washington, there’ll be an app for that. They claim to have created a simple test that uses a smartphone and folded up paper to detect one of the telltale signs of infection – fluid in the ears – with about the same or greater accuracy as a doctor. Read More >>

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How Do You Hear Without ‘Ears’?

History’s littered with lost ears: Van Gogh’s, Evander Holyfield’s, that ear Kyle MacLachlan finds in a field in Blue Velvet, etc. Or maybe ears is the wrong word. The weird little flesh-whorls that jut out from the sides of most of our heads are just small components of a much larger, delicately interconnected system. Remove part of that system with a razor-blade upon learning that your brother is getting married, and you risk seriously compromising it. Read More >>

Five Chinese Children Get Lab-Made Ears Grown From Their Own Cells

Chinese scientists say they’ve accomplished something that’s long been a goal in the world of regenerative medicine—giving someone a new, perfectly compatible ear, freshly grown in the lab. What makes the feat a world-first is that the ear was made using that person’s very own cells. Read More >>

My Cyborg Ear: How a Surgeon and Titanium Cured My Lifelong Deafness

I've never been able to hear well. As a child, I was in and out of the hospital as doctors struggled to treat chronic ear infections that left me in throbbing pain and, eventually, relative silence. By the time I went to college, I had only one half-functioning ear drum and no hope of regaining the hearing I'd lost after years of damage. Surgery was too risky, the doctors said. This year, I decided to take the risk, and the results were extraordinary. Read More >>

Test How Old Your Ears Are (and How Much Damage You’ve Done to Them)

Deep down we all know we shouldn't crank our music or listen to headphones with the volume really high, but we still do. And if you've ever wondered if years of hard rock has done any serious damage, here's an easy way to find out. Read More >>

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Why Your Ears Pop (and What to Do If They Don’t)

Flying sick was a bad choice. Your congested ears refuse to pop and now you're stuck on an international flight, cruising at 30,000 feet of ear-splitting agony. Here's how to fix it. Read More >>

Man Finds Severed Ear Lying In Churchyard

Picture this: You're walking through a churchyard, minding your own business, when you stumble across something squishy on the ground. Your dog is chewing on it, so it must be tasty. You bend down to get a closer look, and... holy-hell it's a human ear! Read More >>

Using Your iPhone To Detect Ear Infections Also Keeps the Doctor Away

Forget that daily apple. Researchers at Georgia Tech and Emory University have developed the Remotoscope, an accessory that turns the iPhone into an ear-inspecting otoscope so doctors can diagnose and treat kids remotely in the event of an ear infection. Read More >>

Woman Grows a New Ear on Her Arm, Has It Attached to Her Head (Warning: Graphic)

Yep, this happened. Doctors at Johns Hopkins have attached a new ear to a patient that was grown on her own forearm. It's a medical first, and a heartwarming-if-a-little-yucky story. Read More >>