A "flicker treatment" that uses flickering lights and sounds has been shown to be tolerable, safe, and effective in treating adults with mild cognitive impairment.
Increased connectivity between the auditory cortex and motor control areas related to the mouth, face, and throat, could be a key feature in identifying misophonia, a condition marked by extreme reactions to "trigger sounds", such as other people chewing.
Researchers have identified several novel functional mechanisms related to the inner hair cells of the ear. The findings may upend numerous longstanding theories about the working anatomical organization and workings of the ear, as well as provide new avenues for the development of technologies to improve hearing.
It's a question most new parents ponder, can a newborn baby discriminate between speech sounds? Researchers found newborn babies encode voice pitch comparable to adults exposed to a new language for three years. However, there are some differences when it comes to distinguishing between spectral and temporal fine structures of certain sounds.
Researchers report they have successfully translated the structure of a spider's web into music. The new study could provide new avenues for the development of 3D printing technologies and novel musical compositions. The findings also shed light on cross-species communication.
Passive exposure to music is enough to drive the development of music selectivity.
An experimental twist on a classic cochlear implant allows researchers to directly measure brain waves and assess how good, or bad, a person's hearing is.