One man experiences a voice projected in his brain "like a ghost". A woman hears voices "shouting through her stomach" accompanied by "black, shadowy lips"; another hears her sister's voice talking to her at night when she is in bed "like it is coming from a transmitter or a radio".
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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?
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.
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.
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.
Listen to this. Irritated? Angry? Just glad it's over? Here's why.
Technology makes life so easy, and it advances at such a breakneck clip that sometimes we forget that all the tech in the world still can't change the way some people experience the world. David Peter explains how the world works for the deaf.
There are plenty of human abilities that we take for granted, which are actually insanely complex. Like picking out a single voice buried amongst the noise of a crowded environment, a problem which has troubled scientists for decades. But now they've worked out how we do it — and it could revolutionise speech recognition technology.
Daniel Kish lost his eyesight when he was 13 months old. For most of his youth, he functioned fine without a walking stick. He mountain bikes. He camps alone. He moves through cities handily. All thanks to advanced echolocation abilities.