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The 'loudness' of our thoughts affects how we judge external sounds
The 'loudness' of our thoughts -- or how we imagine saying something -- influences how we judge the loudness of real, external sounds, a team of researchers from NYU Shanghai and NYU has found. (2018-02-23)

Alarming old and young drivers
An in-car alarm that sounds when sensors on the vehicle detect an imminent crash could cut crash rates from one in five to one in 10 for drivers over the of 60 suffering tiredness on long journeys, according to a study published in the International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics. (2015-03-10)

Word learning in deaf children with cochlear implants
Indiana University School of Medicine researcher reports at 2010 AAAS meeting that deaf children's word-learning skill was strongly affected by early auditory experience, whether that experience was through normal means or with a cochlear implant. Children who received implant by age 13 months performed similarly to normal-hearing counterparts while children who received a cochlear implant later performed, on average, more poorly than their normal-hearing peers. (2010-02-21)

Musical aptitude relates to reading ability
Auditory working memory and attention, for example the ability to hear and then remember instructions while completing a task, are a necessary part of musical ability. But musical ability is also related to verbal memory and literacy in childhood. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Behavioral and Brain Functions shows how auditory working memory and musical aptitude are intrinsically related to reading ability, and provides a biological basis for this link. (2011-10-16)

Study shows hearing tests miss common form of hearing loss
Traditional clinical hearing tests often fail to diagnose patients with a common form of inner ear damage that might otherwise be detected by more challenging behavioral tests, according to the findings of a University at Buffalo-led study published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience. (2017-04-20)

New findings on human speech recognition at TU Dresden
Neuroscientists at TU Dresden were able to prove that speech recognition in humans begins in the sensory pathways from the ear to the cerebral cortex and not, as previously assumed, exclusively in the cerebral cortex itself. (2019-08-28)

Hearing through lip-reading
Brain activity synchronizes with sound waves, even without audible sound, through lip-reading, according to new research published in JNeurosci. (2020-01-02)

Bilingualism fine-tunes hearing, enhances attention
A Northwestern University study provides the first biological evidence that bilinguals' rich experience with language (2012-04-30)

Ear's inner secrets revealed with new technology
What does it actually look like deep inside our ears? This has been very difficult to study as the inner ear is protected by the hardest bone in the body. But with the help of synchrotron X-rays, it is now possible to depict details inside the ear three-dimensionally. Together with Canadian colleagues, researchers from Uppsala University have used the method to map the blood vessels of the inner ear. (2020-04-09)

Visual alerts shown to evoke quicker reactions than alerts through other senses
New research has shown that visual alerting methods are still considered to be the most trustworthy, as compared to auditory or tactile alerts. This is shown by research conducted by a team of scientists at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., USA. (2012-02-27)

Wired for sound: How the brain senses visual illusions
In a study that could help reveal how illusions are produced in the brain's visual cortex, researchers at the UCSD School of Medicine have found new evidence of rapid integration of auditory and visual sensations in the brain. Their findings, which provide new insight into neural mechanisms by which visual perception can be altered by concurrent auditory events, will be published online in the April 12 edition of the Journal of Neuroscience. (2007-04-11)

Do speakers of different languages hear music differently?
Neuroscientists have been wondering whether the distortions in the way we perceive foreign languages related to our knowledge of our mother tongue also characterize how we perceive non-linguistic sounds (e.g., music). A new SISSA study, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, shows that, despite many clues seemingly pointing in that direction, speakers of languages with a different rhythm do not differ in their perception of non-linguistic sound sequences. (2016-02-24)

A million people suffer from tinnitus -- in province of Quebec alone
Université de Montréal Professor Sylvie Hébert is conducting a study exploring the root causes of tinnitus, a condition that creates the perception of sound in the absence of external stimulation. Tinnitus affects 20 percent of Quebecers 55 and older, which represents one million people. (2008-10-27)

Research discovers how the deaf have super vision
Deaf or blind people often report enhanced abilities in their remaining senses, but up until now, no one has explained how that could be. Researchers at the University of Western Ontario, led by Stephen Lomber of the Centre for Brain and Mind have discovered there is a causal link between enhanced visual abilities and reorganization of the part of the brain that usually handles auditory input. The findings are published online in Nature Neuroscience. (2010-10-10)

A neural mosaic of tones
The brain filters what we hear. It can do this in part because particular groups of neurons react to specific frequencies of sound. Neurobiologists from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen have now created a (2006-06-22)

How vision captures sound now somewhat uncertain
Contrary to previous research, Duke University researchers have found that neurons in a particular brain region respond differently, not similarly, based on whether the stimuli is visual or auditory. The finding, which posted Jan. 15 in the journal PLOS ONE, provides insight into how vision captures the location of perceived sound. (2014-01-16)

White noise delays auditory organization in brain
Exposure to continuous white noises sabotages the development of the auditory region of the brain. It may ultimately impair hearing and language acquisition. (2003-04-17)

Brain wiring quiets the voice inside your head
Researchers have developed the first diagram of the brain circuitry that enables a complex interplay between the motor system and the auditory system to occur. The research, which appears Sept. 4 in The Journal of Neuroscience, could lend insight into schizophrenia and mood disorders that arise when this circuitry goes awry and individuals hear voices other people do not hear. (2013-09-03)

Discovery of new neurons in the inner ear can lead to new therapies for hearing disorders
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have identified four types of neurons in the peripheral auditory system, three of which are new to science. The analysis of these cells can lead to new therapies for various kinds of hearing disorders, such as tinnitus and age-related hearing loss. The study is published in Nature Communications. (2018-09-12)

Source of 'Ringing of the Ears' extends beyond hearing systems
Tinnitus-a ringing in the ears that affects millions of people-may be related to visual as well as auditory brain activity, according to a study in the February 27 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Researchers made the connection while studying the origin of this unwanted sound. (2001-02-26)

Neurobiology: Use it or lose it
An Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich study reveals that sound-evoked activity of neurons in the auditory system of the mouse increases the thickness of their myelin sheaths -- and enhances the speed of signal transmission -- both during development and in the adult brain. (2017-08-02)

The importance of keeping a beat
A Northwestern University study of 124 high school students lends proof to the link between music, rhythmic abilities and reading and language skills. The study -- the first to provide biological evidence linking the ability to keep a beat to the neural encoding of speech sounds -- has significant implications for reading. Previous research has linked reading ability and beat-keeping. By directly linking auditory responses with beat-keeping ability, the researchers close the triangle. (2013-09-17)

Our brains are wired so we can better hear ourselves speak
Like the mute button on the TV remote control, our brains filter out unwanted noise so we can focus on what we're listening to. But when it comes to following our own speech, a new brain study from the University of California, Berkeley, shows that instead of one homogeneous mute button, we have a network of volume settings that can selectively silence and amplify the sounds we make and hear. (2010-12-08)

Chronic tinnitus and its impact on demanding cognitive tasks
Individuals with chronic, moderate tinnitus do more poorly on demanding working memory and attention tests than those without tinnitus, according to research conducted at the University of Western Sydney. (2006-03-10)

Youngest patient worldwide to have auditory implant in the brain stem
A team at the University Hospital of Navarra have successfully operated on a 13 month-old girl from Murcia, who had been born deaf due to the lack of auditory nerves. She is the youngest patient in the world who has received an auditory implant in the brain stem. (2008-02-26)

Inner ear stem cells may someday restore hearing
Want to restore hearing by injecting stem cells into the inner ear? Well, that can be a double-edged sword. Inner ear stem cells can be converted to auditory neurons that could reverse deafness, but the process can also make those cells divide too quickly, posing a cancer risk, according to a study led by Rutgers University-New Brunswick scientists. (2017-11-07)

A voice only a mom could love: New insight into maternal auditory cortex plasticity
A recent study reveals changes specific to the mother mouse brain that may improve the detection of isolation calls from a mouse baby. The research, published by Cell Press in the June 11 issue of the journal Neuron, provides fascinating new insight into how call-evoked neural inhibition plays a key role in the brain's representation of this important communication vocalization. (2009-06-10)

Great apes know they could be wrong
Great apes -- orangutans, chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas -- realize that they can be wrong when making choices, according to Dr. Josep Call from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Dr. Call's study was just published online in Springer's journal, Animal Cognition. (2010-03-24)

More than meets the ear in successful cocktail party conversations
A study led by Holger Schulze, published in this week's PLoS ONE, shows that different speakers have different temporal fine structure in their voiced speech and that such signals are represented in different areas of the auditory cortex according to this different time structure. This provides a new solution for the cocktail party problem whereby people are able to hear and understand their conversation partner at a party in spite of considerable background noise. (2008-03-04)

Two brain regions join forces for absolute pitch
People who have 'absolute pitch' can identify notes immediately without relying on a reference tone. Intensive research is being conducted into the neuronal basis of this extraordinary ability at the University of Zurich's Department of Neuropsychology. The researchers have now detected a close functional link between the auditory cortex in the brain and the frontal lobe in these extraordinary people -- a discovery that is not only important in theory, but also in practice. (2015-01-07)

Age-related difficulty recognizing words predicted by brain differences
Older adults may have difficulty understanding speech because of age-related changes in brain tissue, according to new research in the May 13 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. The study shows that older adults with the most difficulty understanding spoken words had less brain tissue in a region important for speech recognition. The findings may help explain why hearing aids do not benefit all people with age-related hearing difficulties. (2009-05-12)

Jumpy reflex is defence mechanism, researchers find
University of Toronto researchers have discovered that the main purpose of the startle reflex -- the mechanism that makes people twitch at sudden loud noises -- is to protect the body against blows. (2001-12-11)

Is there a central brain area for hearing melodies and speech cues? Still an open question
Previous studies have suggested a particular hotspot in the brain might be responsible for perceiving pitch, but auditory neuroscientists are still debating whether this (2011-11-29)

The architecture of audition
The neural architecture in the auditory cortex -- the part of the brain that processes sound -- of profoundly deaf and hearing people is virtually identical, a new study has found. The study raises a host of new questions about the role of experience in processing sensory information, and could point the way toward potential new avenues for treating deafness. (2016-07-17)

Preterm babies may suffer setbacks in auditory brain development, speech
Preterm babies born early in the third trimester of pregnancy are likely to experience delays in the development of the auditory cortex, a brain region essential to hearing and understanding sound, a new study reveals. Such delays are associated with speech and language impairments at age 2, the researchers found. (2018-01-15)

Gaze direction affects sensitivity to sounds
Listening to something while looking in a different direction can slow down reaction times while the brain works harder to suppress distractions, finds a new UCL study. (2017-07-05)

Tinnitus study signals advance in understanding link between loud sounds exposure and hearing loss
Leicester research reveals why hearing loss is correlated with auditory signals failing to get transmitted along the auditory nerve. (2014-02-14)

Musical experience offsets some aging effects
A growing body of research finds musical training gives students learning advantages in the classroom. Now a Northwestern University study finds musical training can benefit Grandma, too, by offsetting some of the deleterious effects of aging. (2011-05-11)

Musical activities benefit children with cochlear implants
Does musical activity help the language development of children who are born deaf and use cochlear implants? Speech and language therapist Ritva Torppa answers this question on the 6th of November in the public defense of her thesis. (2015-10-26)

Brain center for 'sound space' identified
While the visual regions of the brain have been intensively mapped, many important regions for auditory processing remain terra incognita. Now, researchers have identified the region responsible for a key auditory process -- perceiving (2007-09-19)

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