Now that over-the-counter hearing aids are available, it’s important to know what questions to ask.
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They are cheaper to buy and don’t require a doctor’s prescription. But OTC hearing aids come with some limitations.
Over-the-counter hearing aids are now available at pharmacies and big-box stores.
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They are easy to get, and far less costly than prescription hearing aids. But over-the-counter devices are not the answer for everyone with hearing issues.
If you don’t like noise, imagine how pets and other animals feel about it.
Noise can be so unpleasant that we regulate construction work and music concerts - but we only consider human hearing ranges.
The tip of the tongue is more sensitive than our fingertips.
A device could be use to transmit a camera’s video feed into moving patterns of electrical stimulation on the surface of the tongue.
Whenever we eat, speak or yawn, the movement of our jaw deforms the ear canal. These deformations could be converted into electrical energy used to power in-ear technology.
We have underestimated the energy potential of our ears: deformations in the ear canal could be used to power in-ear technologies.
People with tinnitus are more likely to have disturbed sleep.
Understanding why the two are connected could be key in finding treatments – or even a cure – for tinnitus
It’s intriguing how some people experience ASMR while others don’t - our latest research suggests that many ASMR responders are highly sensitive “orchids”.
Headphone designers have to balance scientific limitations with human preferences.
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There is a lot to consider when buying a new pair of headphones. A professional musician and acoustics researcher explains how the science of sound and quirks of human hearing make for a great listening experience.
Wireless earphones have freed us from devices. It’s tempting to wear them all day for phone calls, podcasts and music but research into hearing aids suggests this can create a sticky problem.
Your voice, when played back to you, can sound unrecognizable.
If you’ve ever cringed after hearing a recording of yourself, you’re not alone.
Shuvuuia deserti depict a small predatory creature with exceptional night vision and hearing.
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By looking at the eye bones and ear canals of extinct dinosaurs, researchers show that a small ancient predator likely hunted at night and had senses as good as a modern barn owl.
Around 40% of people with pre-existing tinnitus experienced a worsening of symptoms after contracting COVID-19.
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Higher levels of stress was just one of the reasons the hearing problem may have worsened for many people.
Around one in three people over 65 is affected by hearing loss.
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Fruit flies, just like humans, are prone to age-related hearing loss.
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Imagine being able to detect a smell from more than a kilometre away. Dogs can sniff out things from a greater distance than that.
Listening with the volume too high or for too long can cause permanent hearing loss, but there are ways we can minimise the risks.
An already tough situation is made worse for those with hearing loss.
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.
No smell, no touch: People line up in Prague, Czech Republic, to get tested for the coronavirus.
All of the senses have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, not because the senses have changed, but because the world has, writes a sensory historian.
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Children between 12 and 16 years old with mild-to-moderate hearing loss showed differences in their brain responses.
It’s the case of the missing ‘a.’
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Armstrong always insisted that he said, ‘That’s one small step for a man.’ Yet everyone omits the ‘a’ when they repeat the quote. A linguist tries to get to the bottom of what happened.
Manufacturing sites are high noise working areas.
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Measures to control or reduce workplace noise exposure are critical to reducing hearing loss in workers.