Researchers have identified a master gene that programs ear hair cells into either inner or outer cells. The discovery could lead to new treatments to restore hearing loss associated with aging, noise exposure, or as an adverse reaction to medical therapies.
New research explores the different ways in which the brain distinguishes between music and speech.
The human ability to recognize patterns in pitch and tempo may emerge from pre-existing abilities in other species.
Stimulating a part of the auditory cortex called the planum temporale improved speech perception, researchers report.
Babies are sensitive to language patterns in the soothing rhymes their parents sing them.