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Shocking Tinnitus Treatment Approaches

A number of attempts are underway to use neural stimulation to modulate tinnitus perception, including sound stimulation paired with somatosensory stimulation. The effectiveness of these treatments has been variable. It is well described in the literature that cochlear implants can often provide some level of tinnitus suppression, when the implant is being utilized. However, the invasiveness of the procedure and risk for further damage to the cochlea, make its application for tinnitus management alone currently implausible.

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The Sound of Change

You know what is creating a lot of acoustic vibrations (call it noise or sound) in the news? It’s the entirely novel sound that the new electric Harley Davidson, named the Livewire, will make. 

Making an electric motorcycle was perhaps the handshake with the future that the company was looking for. However, with this bold step came, what must have been a philosophical challenge the likes of which the company may have rarely encountered. 

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How Loud is a Professional Football Game?

As part of its efforts to educate the public about the risks of exposure to loud sounds at home and in communities, the CDC National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) has procured one-page advertisements in official printed sports programs for the National Hockey League (NHL), the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Football League (NFL).

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Are We Breaking the World’s Most Powerful Pair of Glasses?

Have you seen the movie "Finding Dory"? In one of the many exciting sequences, the protagonist Dory needs the help of Bailey the beluga whale to navigate through a maze of pipes. In a later, and even more exciting sequence, Bailey helps Dory keep track of a moving truck in which Dory's friends Nemo and Merlin inadvertently became captured.

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Trees in a Forest, Winds on Mars

Is there sound if a tree falls in the forest but there is no one there to hear it?

It is time to modernize this question by asking if there is sound if wind blows on Mars and Elon has just not landed there yet.

Turns out NASA’s InSight lander is a nice surrogate for the symbolic human supposed to be there for sound to happen. It sent back sounds generated by Martian winds captured by its seismometer to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

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Is There an App for That?

In today’s digital world, it seems that there is an app for almost everything. Audiologists may be uniquely interested in sound level meter apps and, therefore, also in a new study by Serpanos and colleagues (2018).

These authors evaluated the accuracy of three sound level meter apps, Analyzer, Sound Level Meter Pro, and SPL Meter, using an iPhone 6S smartphone. All three of these apps have the capability to calibrate the internal microphone of the smartphone.

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Auditory Trip Around the World

An auditory trip around the world. Ever wonder what lava flows sound like? What about the lemurs of Madagascar? Or the cracking of the earth’s crust? 

In addition to beautiful visual scenery, a location’s soundscape can be just as intriguing!

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Navigation by Sound

Most of us have the world around us laid out in great visual detail. We recognize landmarks, we navigate our worlds using them as guide posts, and use them as reference points when directing others to their destinations. The electronic version of this navigation system, perfected over millennia, is of course the GPS. What used to be a dedicated GPS device is now simply a feature on all hand-held communication devices.

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How Music and Rhythm Shape Our Brains

Golden slumbers
Fill your eyes
Smiles await you when you rise
Sleep pretty darling
Do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby. –McCartney & Lennon
 

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Laurel or Yanni?

Several years ago, the Internet went crazy over the color of a dress due to a visual illusion.  This week, an auditory illusion had many people asking the simple question of whether they heard 

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