Human augmentation is the attempt to temporarily or permanently enhance the human body through natural or artificial means. More commonly cybernetics and/or enabling human-computer interfaces are used to improve the … Continue Reading Cat-like ‘hearing’ for the augmented human using the smallest scale yet.
Some expectant parents play classical music for their unborn babies hoping to boost their children’s cognitive capacity, and while some research supports a relationship between prenatal sound exposure and improved … Continue Reading Researchers identify first responders to sound in the brain.
During brain development, the formation of neuronal synapses at the right time, the right place, and the right strength are crucial to the ongoing function of the brain throughout life. … Continue Reading Astrocytes regulate the formation of synapses in neurodevelopment.
Controlling a single brain chemical expands the window for learning language and music in an animal model.
Learning a language or recognizing music is usually a breeze for children, however, this capacity dramatically declines with age. Now, a study from researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital … Continue Reading Controlling a single brain chemical expands the window for learning language and music in an animal model.
One infant in every 1000 is diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss, making it an extremely common hereditary disease. It is also estimated that 25-40% of over-65s suffer from acquired sensorineural … Continue Reading Large-scale study identifies the causative gene for sensorineural hearing.
When it comes to hearing, precision is important say researchers. Due to the fact vertebrates, such as birds and humans, have two ears, and sound-waves from either side travel different … Continue Reading Researchers map auditory brain cells for maximum hearing precision.
The auditory nerve is comprised of thousands of tiny nerve fibers responsible for transmitting sound to and from the ear and the brain. Recent discoveries have shown that they are … Continue Reading Researchers identify previously unknown compensatory brain amplifier for hear loss.
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is becoming increasingly prevalent. Urban crowding means that large cities are getting noisier, particularly in developing countries. WHO predicts that by 2030, one billion people will … Continue Reading Study identifies the genetic cause and mechanism for noise-induced hearing loss.
Researchers at the University of Colorado suggest that the portion of the brain devoted to hearing can become reorganized, reassigned to other functions, even with early-stage hearing loss, and may … Continue Reading Researchers begin to map brain functioning in age-related hearing loss.
Study begins to map the epigenetics of brain plasticity, the switch which changes neuronal function.
Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered that the role of neurons, which are responsible for specific tasks in the brain, is much more flexible than previously believed. By studying … Continue Reading Study begins to map the epigenetics of brain plasticity, the switch which changes neuronal function.
About one in five people experience tinnitus, the perception of a sound, often described as ringing, that isn’t really there. Now, an opensource study in the journal Current Biology, has … Continue Reading Researchers begin to map and record tinnitus in the brain.
Sensory hair cell loss is the major cause of hearing loss and balance disorders. The postnatal mammalian inner ear harbors progenitor cells which have the potential for hair cell regeneration … Continue Reading Researchers regenerate inner ear hair cells via the Notch pathway to restore hearing.
Prolonged exposure to loud noise alters how the brain processes speech, potentially increasing the difficulty in distinguishing speech sounds, according to neuroscientists at The University of Texas at Dallas. The … Continue Reading Scientists begin to map hearing loss in the brain.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have mapped the sound-processing part of the mouse brain in a way that keeps both the proverbial forest and the trees in view. Their imaging technique … Continue Reading New mapping approach lets scientists zoom in and out as the brain processes sound.