Off-the-shelf earplugs may a cheap and simple option for keeping out the noise, but nothing beats the advantages of custom hearing protection. Here are 7 reasons why…
News, commentary and information about our incredible sense of hearing.
In this blog, Devon birdwatcher Peter Shaw describes to us how he uses hearing technology to enhance his awareness of birdsong out in the field.
“I had been aware for some time that my hearing was not up to scratch. Even during my student days, I had suspected that others could discriminate sound more acutely than me. Why else would they rave about the fantastic sound reproduction of the latest stereo, when I could detect only marginal improvement?
Invented by Japanese Professors Kurihara and Tsukada, the speech jammer can forcibly (but perfectly harmlessly!) inhibit someone’s speech. I’m sure you can already imagine the endless applications of such a device... No more incessant nagging from you know who... No more interruptions from a strangers’ public phone chatter... No more boring monologues from an oblivious colleague... Finally, you can secure your peace at the push of a button!
Simply point the speech jammer at a noisy individual, and silence them… with their own voice!
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We all change as we age. It's one of those inescapable facts of life. But no matter what age we may be, it turns out there are some very simple things we can do that help keep our bodies and minds continuing at our highest potential. So we've searched high and low to identify the “five pillars” generally considered to be the most influential for healthy ageing. And as we'll see, hearing plays a central role in all of them.
Ground-breaking research from the University of California reveals that when we hear words, it's giving the brain what might be described as an all-over work out. As we learn more about this, we could find that hearing has far more important implications for keeping our brains healthy than we've realised up to now.
Do you have more difficulty understanding speakers with strong or foreign accents?
If so, you're not alone—it's one of the most common complaints I hear. Whether it's an overseas telephone call centre, or trying to follow the dialogue on an American drama or film, someone can speak the same language as us, but be almost incomprehensible.