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Under the El tracks, downtown Chicago. Franck Michel

Urban noise pollution is worst in poor and minority neighborhoods and segregated cities

New research shows that noise pollution in US cities is concentrated in poor and minority communities. Beyond regulating airplane noise, the US has done relatively little to curb noise pollution.
Hearing can be affected by loud noises, but the mechanisms have not been fully understood. The auditory nerve plays a big role. 9nang/Shutterstock.com

Some nerves: How loud noise may change hearing

Noise is common, but we don't fully know what that means for our hearing. A recent study suggests how overstimulation of the auditory nerve may be too much for it to handle.
3D virtual reconstruction of two-million-year-old ear. Rolf Quam

Testing ancient human hearing via fossilized ear bones

Beyond the cool factor of figuring out hominin hearing capacities two million years ago, these findings could help answer the tantalizing question of when did human vocalized language first emerge.
When children are bombarded with outside noises, it becomes harder to hear in class – and to learn. From www.shutterstock.com

Dropping the volume around schools can improve learning

Chronic environmental noise, like cars zooming past or airplanes overhead, can make children struggle with reading comprehension and affect their memory.
The consistent presence of sonic textures such as machine noise have significantly shaped the contexts of our hearing. MattysFlicks

Look, our voices sound different now, in case you weren’t listening

The intensity and the consistent presence of sonic textures such as machine noise, distorted high-frequency sounds, midrange drones, sub-sonic hums and the like have significantly shaped the contexts of our hearing.

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