Around 100 of specific hair cells in the inner ear, called stereocilia could act as effective biological compass needles, allowing animals to accurately sense magnetic fields around them.
Researchers have identified an autophagy pathway in hair cells in the ear that's linked to permanent hearing loss that occurs as a result of exposure to aminoglycosides antibiotics in some patients.
A new study casts old theories about hearing into doubt. Researchers found many cells in the inner ear react simultaneously to low-frequency sounds. This makes it easier for us to hear low-frequency sounds as the brain is able to receive input from many sensory cells at the same time.
Using the Dr. Seuss classic, The Lorax, researchers shed new light on how the brain engages during complex audiovisual speech perception. The findings reveal how the brain utilizes a complex network of brain regions involved in sensory processing, multisensory integration, and cognitive functions to comprehend a story's context.
Researchers investigate how infants learn the speech contrasts of their native languages, identifying the necessary signals are presented in naturalistic speech.
Sensory systems in the brain are closely interconnected, with regions that respond to touch also involved when we listen to specific sounds connected to touching certain objects.
A new study contradicts previous findings that suggest misophonia is caused by a supersensitive connection between the auditory cortex and orofacial motor control areas of the brain.
Researchers identified a new mechanism by which auditory sensitivity is regulated. The mechanism can temporarily reduce sensitivity in the auditory system to protect itself from loud sounds that can cause hearing damage.
Higher pitched voices in women influence how their faces are evaluated, researchers report. The faces of women with higher-pitched voices were perceived as being younger. However, researchers found no evidence of a link between vocal pitch or perceptions of facial attractiveness, health, or femininity.