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Protect your kids’ hearing

I was watching the Rugby World Cup 2015: Samoa vs. Scotland game on television this weekend and noticed this happy baby among the Scottish fans. Kudos to his parents for protecting his hearing! Repeated exposure to loud sounds leads to hearing damage, and that damage is painless, irreversible and cumulative over your lifetime. The noise […]

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echolocation helps blind people navigate

Echolocation Helps Blind People Navigate Everyday Life

New study investigates neural basis of human echolocation. You probably know that bats and dolphins use echolocation to navigate, but did you know that some blind people use it to mountain bike, play soccer, or navigate cities? They make clicking sounds with their tongues and listen to the returning echoes to sense information about the […]

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musicians have better hearing as they age

Musicians Have Better Hearing as They Age

Pardon me? Hearing loss as we age may be common, but difficulty hearing speech in noisy places is one of the most common complaints among healthy older adults, regardless of ability to hear pure tones in an audiogram test. Each May, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association celebrates Better Speech and Hearing Month, so here are some surprising […]

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Pardon Me? How Spin Class led to Tinnitus

I love the pumping beat of rock music in my spin cycle class. It keeps me on pace, ensuring a good cardio burn. The instructor cranks up the stereo in the small room that holds 15 bikes, donning her microphone so the class can hear her instructions over the music. It’s a blast, literally. I’m […]

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