News, commentary and information about our incredible sense of hearing.

May
16

7 Reasons To Choose Custom Hearing Protection

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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…

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May
16

Phonak Audéo B-R Hearing System: Our Favourite Features

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Phonak’s latest hearing technology, the Audéo B-Rs, are designed to simplify hearing and life. From settings that automatically adapt to the situation you’re in, to rechargeable batteries, the Audéo B-R audifiers are  full of great features designed to make every situation easier . ​​ In this article, we...
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Mar
31

Listening to the birds with audified hearing

Listening to the birds with audified 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?

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Mar
01

Speech Jammers: When you need someone to just stop talking!

Speech Jammers: When you need someone to just stop talking!

“If you tell me that story one more time I’ll use my Speech Jammer on you…”

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!

Want to know more? Read on…

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Aug
31

Listening: the all-over brain work out

Listening: the all-over brain work out

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.

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Aug
22

Why it’s hard to understand accents

Why it’s hard to understand accents

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.

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