hearing

Can You Ignore Your Own Voice?

We listen to our own voice when we talk — it helps us monitor what we’re saying. But simultaneous interpreters have to translate one language into another in real time, so they learn to ignore themselves.


A Man Going Deaf Can 'Hear' Wi-Fi Signals

Losing your hearing can be a frighteningly isolating experience. But instead of trying to replace the audible landscape he began losing at age 20, science writer Frank Swain decided to find a way to listen in on something humans can’t hear: the hum of Wi-Fi all around us.


Dubs Earplugs Don't Look Terrible So You Might Actually Wear Them

Dubs’ “Acoustic Filters” are snazzy new earplugs that hope to conquer one of the biggest obstacles between you and wearing crucial gear to protect your hearing. Though they’re not the first earplugs in the world, they’re some of the first that don’t look terrible. Can Dubs trick you into better hearing with design?


My Cyborg Ear: How A Surgeon And Titanium Cured My Lifelong Deafness

I’ve never been able to hear well. As a child, I was in and out of the hospital as doctors struggled to treat chronic ear infections that left me in throbbing pain and, eventually, relative silence. By the time I went to college, I had only one half-functioning ear drum and no hope of regaining the hearing I’d lost after years of damage. Surgery was too risky, the doctors said. This year, I decided to take the risk, and the results were extraordinary.


What Makes Your Ears Ring?

Have you been listening to SOMETHING LOUD? If so, you might have a ringing in your ears — but what exactly causes it?


After This Audio Illusion, You'll Never Trust Your Ears Again

It might be a little too early in the morning to have your mind blown, but this audio illusion is worth your time, because it demonstrates your brain’s uncanny ability to use new information to help process something that is otherwise incomprehensible.


This Is What Life Sounds Like Through A Cochlear Implant

There are technological solutions that now allow the deaf to regain at least some of their hearing. And now you can listen to what it’s like to hear through a cochlear implant.



Why Does Your Voice Sound Different When It's Recorded?

If you’ve ever listened to a recording of yourself and thought you sound completely different, you’re not alone. But more than that you were also correct. Here’s why it sounds different.


How The Internet Helps Deaf Science Students Create New Signs

How do you learn a concept if there is no word for it? That’s a question people who are deaf and pursuing science often struggle with. The answer is not exactly easy and involves a group effort across the non-hearing community.