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New model for the way humans localize sounds

One of the enduring puzzles of hearing loss is the decline in a person's ability to determine where a sound originates, a key survival faculty that allows animals -- from lizards to humans -- to pinpoint the location of danger,... Continue Reading →

Sounds you can’t hear can still hurt your ears

One of the most amazing things about being a mammal is our sensitive hearing. Where does it come from? — These three little bones in our middle ear. But what about sound waves that are well below the frequencies humans... Continue Reading →

That sound makes me dizzy: Engineers discover the reasons why some people get dizzy when hearing certain sounds

For some people, certain sounds like a trumpet blowing a particular tone can make them dizzy, and it’s not because they’re giddy from a Wynton Marsalis melody. It has been estimated that 1 in 100 people around the world have... Continue Reading →

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