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Soldiers Eat Loads of Cheese to Test Super-Hearing Hypothesis

Did your grandmother ever tell you to eat up all your cheese as it helps you hear better? Mine neither. But that's a hypothesis that is being tested by the US Army, which is forcing cheese proteins into soldiers in the hope they develop super hearing, or that their ears might better repair damage caused by being exposed to things blowing up. Read More >>

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Can You Ignore Your Own Voice?

We listen to our own voice when we talk; it helps us monitor what we're saying. But simultaneous interpreters have to translate one language into another in real time, so they learn to ignore themselves. Read More >>

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A Man Going Deaf Can “Hear” Wi-Fi Signals

Losing your hearing can be a frighteningly isolating experience. But instead of trying to replace the audible landscape he began losing at age 20, science writer Frank Swain decided to find a way to listen in on something humans can't hear: the hum of Wi-Fi all around us. Read More >>

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Cochlear Implant Wearer Hears Music Designed for Her Hearing Helpers

A Dutch woman who received a cochlear implant recently was treated to a special concert, one designed around playing music using the few frequencies her limited hearing can now interpret. Read More >>

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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 >>

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What Makes Your Ears Ring?

Have you been listening to SOMETHING LOUD? If so, you might have a ringing in your ears—but what, exactly, causes it? Read More >>

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After This Audio Illusion, You’ll Never Trust Your Ears Again

It might be a little too early in the morning to have your mind blown, but this audio illusion is worth your time because it demonstrates your brain's uncanny ability to use new information to help process something that is otherwise incomprehensible. Read More >>

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Why Fingernails Down a Chalkboard Makes You Cringe

Listen to this. Irritated? Angry? Just glad it's over? Here's why. Read More >>

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Why Does Your Voice Sound Different When It’s Recorded?

If you've ever listened to a recording of yourself and thought you sound completely different, you're not alone. But more than that, you were also correct. Here's why it sounds different. Read More >>

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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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Man Hears Voices Out of Sync with Lips, Like an Old Kung Fu Movie

Well this is a first. No, really, a man going by the name of PH is the first known diagnosis of a deeply odd and presumably infuriating condition: He hears voices out of sync, as though he's watching a film with out-of-sync dubbing. Read More >>

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This Guy Has an Invisible Headphone Implanted In His Ear

Rich Lee has freed himself from the frustrations of misplacing or having to untangle his headphones ever again. How? He's what's known as a grinder: someone who experiments with surgical implants or body-enhancements, and he's come up with a doozie. Implanted in his tragus — the stiff protrusion just in front of your ear canal — is a small magnet that works like an earbud built into his head. Read More >>