Hearing / Deafness Neurology / Neuroscience

Human brains have evolved to ‘prefer’ music and speech

What makes humans so different from other primates? Though our brains are similar, it seems that they react differently to various stimuli. New evidence suggests that human brains “listen” for musical pitch, a preference that scientists have not detected in monkeys. Human brains have a particular ‘bias’ for music and speech, a new study shows. […]

Hearing / Deafness Psychology / Psychiatry

Quietness better than background music for creativity

Recent research questions the popular notion that listening to music increases creativity. Instead, it proposes that quietness, or even background library noise, is more beneficial. Many people say that music helps them focus, but the researchers behind a new study beg to differ. After conducting a series of experiments with human volunteers, researchers from the […]

Hearing / Deafness

Reversing hearing loss by regrowing hairs

Humans are unable to reverse the effects of hearing loss, but a biological process found in other animal species may hold the key to reversing this widespread problem. Reversing hearing loss is currently impossible. How the brain interprets sounds is a relatively simple process. First, a sound enters the ear via soundwaves. It then moves […]

Hearing / Deafness Neurology / Neuroscience

The brain uses its ‘autocorrect’ feature to make out sounds

New research has zoomed in on the brain’s speech recognition abilities, uncovering the mechanism through which the brain discerns between ambiguous sounds. The brain deploys fascinating mechanisms to make out sounds. “Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is […]

Ear, Nose and Throat Hearing / Deafness

What to know about otomycosis

Otomycosis is a fungal infection in the outer ear. An otomycosis infection causes inflammation, dry skin, and a smelly discharge in the ear canal. People most likely to be affected by otomycosis include those who live in warm, tropical climates, and those who participate in water sports. Otomycosis is often easily treated with topical antifungal […]