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Jul 22, 2014 — The Ormia ochracea fly has sophisticated little ears — it can locate crickets by calculating their chirps. Those super-ears are inspiring the next generation of microphones for human hearing aids.
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Jul 13, 2014 — Health reporter Kathleen Raven found out she had a hearing problem when she was 5. She got her first pair of hearing aids in 1993, but as the technology improves, she's still learning new sounds.
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Feb 5, 2014 — People who are blind from birth are often better than sighted people at processing certain aspects of sound. A mouse study hints at why: Even a few days in the dark helped "rewire" the auditory center of an adult animal's brain.
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Feb 1, 2014 — When fans of the Seattle Seahawks set the record for loudest crowd in history, they clocked in at 137.6 decibels, which is as loud as a jet engine during takeoff. Ear protection can prevent hearing loss, but even acoustics experts can have a hard time giving up the roar of the crowd.
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Sep 25, 2013 — Nearly half the horn players in an Australian study noticed that they'd lost some of their hearing. Among the younger horn players, hearing tests found that up to one-third of them had noise-related hearing deficits.
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May 28, 2013 — High costs and minimal insurance coverage may be keeping adults out of the hearing aid market. Private companies are trying to lower prices by selling the devices directly online, but specialists warn that comes with its own costs.
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Apr 17, 2013 — Research in mice suggests that short-term hearing loss caused by loud noise like rock concerts may protect ears from more serious damage. But adapting to noise can be dangerous if you compensate by turning up the volume even higher, researchers warn.
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Apr 8, 2013 — Today's devices are smaller and much more powerful than they were 20 years ago. New advances in technology can't solve all hearing problems, but they've improved many aspects of life for people with hearing loss.
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Apr 6, 2013 — For the hearing-impaired, sounds are quieter, but they can also be fuzzier and maddeningly distorted. Listen to these audio clip simulations of what that kind of hearing loss sounds like.
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Apr 4, 2013 — Recent scientific research links hearing impairment with dementia. Commentator Barbara J. King says widespread availability of closed-captioned films could help.
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