We finally found the protein that turns sound and balance into electrical signals

The paper puts a long-standing debate to rest.

Does living near wind turbines really affect your health?

The answer is certainly debated.

Whale skulls act like resonance chambers to help them hear underwater

First whole-body CT scan of a minke whale yields insights on whale communication

A rooster’s crow is as loud as a jet taking off 15 meters away. Here’s why it doesn’t go deaf

Roosters have evolved soft tissue over the inner ear that protects them from their own clamor.

Owls’ ears are always in tip-top shape because they’re self-repairing

They can hear you being salty because they can hear everything.

New gene delivery therapy restores partial hearing, balance in deaf mice

Using an innovative genetic editing technique, researchers have managed to partially restore both heating and balance in mice born with a condition that affects both.

Despite lacking ears, spiders can hear you talk across the room

Tingling spider senses.

Did Neanderthals and humans share the same hearing?

The study might help answer whether neanderthals were capable of the same communication abilities as humans.

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch’s hearing on EpiPen was a complete disaster for the company

Congress was not happy with Bresch’s or the FDA’s answers.

The US is rolling out superhuman hearing for its soldiers

Wearable tech could save the hearing of thousands of soldiers.

How do we hear and other eary functions

I like my ears. I’ve been told they go well with my face and they’re really efficient at holding my hair out of my eyes, like ad hoc hair band. And I get two of them! Yay for ears!
But (spoiler alert) these are not our ears’ primary functions. The workings of our ears’ internal mechanisms underpin two of our senses — hearing and balance (called equilibrioception).

Gene therapy restores hearing in deaf mice, paving the way for human treatment

Mice with genetic hearing loss could sense and respond to noises after receiving working copies of their faulty genes, researchers report. Because the mice’s mutated genes closely correspond to those responsible for some hereditary human deafness, the scientists hope the results will inform future human therapies.

How loud music damages your hearing

Listening to loud music has been shown time and time again to affect hearing in a negative way. The damage becomes more pronounced with age, leading to difficulties in understanding speech. A new analytic study by researchers at University of Leicester  examined the cellular mechanisms that underlie hearing loss and tinnitus triggered by exposure to loud sound. Music to your ears

Hearing restored in mice after hair cells were regenerated through drug

Hearing loss is a grave healthcare problem around the world, with 50 million cases in the US alone. The most common type is sensorineural hearing loss caused by the degradation and loss of sensory hair cells in the cochlea (the auditory part of the inner ear). While implants and various other hearing aids can improve hearing a tad, significant improvement can

Hearing restored in gerbils by stem cell treatment – might work for the human ear, too

In an exceptional feat of medical and technical ingenuity, scientists have been able to restore partial hearing to deaf gerbils by implanting modified human embryonic stem cells in their ears. The success rate is pleasing, and offers solid ground on which human trials with a similar treatment might commence. There are many causes which might lead to hearing loss. The

Woman can literally feel sound after stroke

After she suffered a stroke, a 36-year-old professor started to feel sounds. In the beginning she didn’t know what was happening when a radio announcer’s voice made her tingle, or when during a flight she became physically uncomfortable. Neuroscientist at the City College of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York believe they understand