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When a sound is played into someone’s ear, the sound propagates through and is reflected and absorbed by the ear canal — all of which produce a unique signature that can be recorded by a microphone attached to the earbud, which then sends the info via Bluetooth to the user's smartphone for verification. Image credit: University at Buffalo.
Unlock your smartphone with earbuds

September 19, 2019

Visit a public space. Chances are you’ll see people wearing earbuds or earphones. The pervasiveness of this old-meets-new…
Hidden Hearing Loss Effects

September 9, 2019

Chronic conductive hearing loss, a condition that can result from middle-ear infections, may interfere with  speech recognition deficits,…
1st smartphone app can detect ear infections in children

May 16, 2019

Ear infections are the most common reason that parents bring their children to a pediatrician, according to the National…
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A new image of hearing

February 25, 2019

Researchers have developed a method to take high-definition images of a snail shell-shaped hearing organ located in the…
Mechanism helps explain the ear’s exquisite sensitivity

January 16, 2019

The human ear, like those of other mammals, is so extraordinarily sensitive that it can detect sound-wave-induced vibrations…
Simple treatment may minimize hearing loss caused by loud noises

May 9, 2018

It’s well known that exposure to extremely loud noises — an explosion, a firecracker or even a concert…
Cheetahs’ inner ear is one-of-a-kind, vital to high-speed hunting

February 20, 2018

The world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah, is a successful hunter not only because it is quick, but…
New images reveal how the ear’s sensory hairs take shape

February 14, 2018

Our ears are exquisite detection instruments, capable of discerning a whisper or distinct notes of music within a…
New knowledge to help people with hidden hearing loss

January 17, 2018

DTU is heading a new research project in collaboration with Harvard Medical School, among others. The purpose of…
Reengineered ear cleaning machine, the “Earigator,” finds an eager market

November 23, 2016

Removing ear wax may sound humorous, unless you need it done. Then it can be a personal emergency…
Ear ossicles of modern humans and Neandertals – different shape, similar function

September 28, 2016

A research team led by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology scanned the skulls of…
A new eye on the middle ear

August 24, 2016

A new device developed by researchers at MIT and a physician at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center could greatly…
Hear no evil: Farmed fish found to be hard of hearing

April 30, 2016

New research published in the journal Scientific Reports has revealed for the first time that half of the world’s farmed…
Did ear sensory cell stereocilia evolve from gut microvilli?

January 25, 2016

Evolution likes to borrow. It can take an already-successful biological structure and alter it until it serves a…
Study of inner ear development hints at way to restore hearing and balance

October 28, 2015

Scientists have identified 2 genes crucial to the production of delicate sensors, called hair cells, in mammals Loud…
Understanding Ancient Human Ear-Orienting System Could Yield Clues to Emotions, Hearing Deficits in Infants

October 14, 2015

Vestigial organs, such as the wisdom teeth in humans, are those that have become functionless through the course…
3-D printing techniques help surgeons carve new ears

October 1, 2015

When surgical residents need to practice a complicated procedure to fashion a new ear for children without one,…
Simple procedure using a nasal balloon can help treat hearing loss in children

July 28, 2015

For children with a common middle-ear problem, a simple procedure with a nasal balloon can reduce the impact…
New findings hint toward reversing hearing loss

July 18, 2015

Unlike birds and amphibians, mammals can’t recover lost hearing. In people, the cells of the inner ear responsible…
Chemical tags in ear bones track Alaska’s Bristol Bay salmon

May 18, 2015

A chemical signature recorded on the ear bones of Chinook salmon from Alaska’s Bristol Bay region could tell…
How noise changes the way the brain gets information

May 6, 2015

Cells that relay information from the ear to the brain can change in significant ways in response to…
Doctors nonsurgically correct infant ear deformities

March 1, 2015

A team of researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center has improved a nonsurgical…
Researchers reveal how hearing evolved

February 8, 2015

Lungfish and salamanders can hear, despite not having an outer ear or tympanic middle ear. These early terrestrial…
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Alters Brain Responses to Speech

July 31, 2014

Prolonged exposure to loud noise alters how the brain processes speech, potentially increasing the difficulty in distinguishing speech…
New app just what the ear-doctor ordered

July 10, 2014

Data from the World Health Organisation shows that more than five per cent of all the people in…
Sensing gravity with acid: Scientists discover a role for protons in neurotransmission

March 26, 2014

The toadfish (Opsanus tau) is a model organism used by the Highstein lab to study hearing, balance, and…
Scientists plumb blue whales’ secrets by looking in their ears

September 30, 2013

His ears will wax lyrical. Mike Baird How do you get to know one of Earth’s most mysterious creatures?…
Scientist looks for a deeper understanding of hearing through the bones in our heads

August 7, 2013

Stanford mechanical engineer Sunil Puria is unraveling the mysteries of bone conduction hearing, which could lead to a…
An ear with the right look and feel

June 7, 2013

Like a fingerprint, their shape is so characteristic that one can identify us by them. The outer part…
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