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Study finds new role for protein in hearing
University of Iowa scientists have discovered a new role for a protein that is mutated in Usher syndrome, one of the most common forms of deaf-blindness in humans. View News Article (2011-08-16)

Build your own home theater for full-blast entertainment with 'Virtual Sound Ball'
Watching a 3 dimensional (3D) film at home can be just as real and fun as going to a movie theater. Professor Yang-Hann Kim and Research Professor Jung-Woo Choi from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, KAIST, have succeeded in building an audio rendering system that will considerably improve the current 3D audio effects technology. View News Article (2012-11-06)

Oohs and aahs: Vowel sounds affect our perceptions of products
Would you drive a SUV called a Himmer" Phonetic symbolism refers to the notion that the sounds of words, apart from their assigned definition, convey meaning. View News Article (2007-09-13)

Study reveals an absence of consistent standards in children's hospital environments
The sound, light and temperature levels in paediatric hospital wards often vary, highlighting the lack of consistent environmental standards, according to a new study.  View News Article (2015-04-15)

NRL-SSC Scientists Investigate Acoustics in Gulf of Mexico
Scientists from the Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center, MS, (NRL-SSC) and Washington, D.C., recently completed an investigation of the acoustic properties of the deep seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico.  View News Article (2010-05-13)

Surviving dance club music (noise) with hearing intact
By tweaking a system in the ear that limits how much sound is heard, a global team of researchers has discovered one alteration that shows that the ability of the ear to turn itself down contributes to protecting against permanent hearing loss. The report appears this week in PLoS Biology. View News Article (2009-01-21)

How we hear distance: Echoes are essential for humans to perceive how far away a sound is
Mammals are good at figuring out which direction a sound is coming from, whether it's a rabbit with a predator breathing down its neck or a baby crying for its mother. View News Article (2015-04-02)

Dinosaur-era acoustics: Global warming may give oceans the 'sound' of the Cretaceous
Global temperatures directly affect the acidity of the ocean, which in turn changes the acoustical properties of sea water. View News Article (2012-10-19)

Get ready for next generation surround sound
Ultra-realistic surround sound is a step closer for everyone thanks to a new method that will cheaply and efficiently compute the way individuals hear things. View News Article (2005-01-24)

Banded mongooses structure monosyllabic sounds in a similar way to humans
Animals are more eloquent than previously assumed. Even the monosyllabic call of the banded mongoose is structured and thus comparable with the vowel and consonant system of human speech. View News Article (2013-01-11)

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