Ear, Nose and Throat Hearing / Deafness

What causes ear drainage?

There are many different causes of ear drainage. The most common type of drainage from the ear is earwax, which keeps the ear clean and healthy. Other types of drainage and discharge include blood, clear fluid, and pus. These may signal a ruptured eardrum or ear infection. Anyone who notices ear discharge after an injury […]

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

3 (or more) spooky ways to trick your brain this Halloween

If you want some thrills this Halloween, you should try tricking yourself for a change. In this Spotlight, we look at some spooky experiments that’ll trick the brain and ask intriguing questions about consciousness and perception. Treat yourself to some scientific ‘spooks’ this Halloween. In Act One, Scene Five of William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, the […]

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. Share on PinterestThe 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 […]