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Do you hate the sounds of chewing? Now scientists know why

Some people who have misophonia hate the sound of chewing. Photo: Getty Samantha DickReporter SHARE   If the everyday sounds of other people chewing, slurping and breathing drive you mad with frustration, finally there’s an explanation. The disorder is called misophonia, and it’s when certain sounds trigger emotional or even violent responses that most people see as […]

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Tinnitus breakthrough: First effective, viable treatment for ringing in the ears

Scientists have rewired the brain to suppress tinnitus via a combination of sound and zaps to the tongue. Photo: Neuromod Devices John Elder Scientists have successfully – and non-invasively – rewired the brain in 326 people who were suffering with tinnitus, the irritating and sometimes debilitating phantom ringing in the ears. Tinnitus affects up to 15 […]

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Israel’s University of Haifa to Help Decode the Language of Whales in Global, Machine Learning Research Project

by Sharon Wrobel Three Sperm whale calves Photo: Amanda Cotton Leading scientists and researchers from Israel, the US and the UK are joining hands on a multi-year project to try and decode how the highly intelligent sperm whales speak with each other, in an “unprecedented” project to better understand the large sea creatures. The University […]

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NYPD Agrees To Limits On Sound Cannons, Ending 5-year Battle

April 19, 2021 NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department has agreed to limit its use of sound cannons on crowds, ending a five-year legal battle over claims that the devices caused hearing damage, dizziness and migraines. In a settlement agreement filed in federal court on Monday, the police department said it will […]

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Hearing aids for the masses

New York Times By Shira Ovide I’ve been speaking with audiologists, consumer advocates and technology companies about what could be a revolution for our ears — hearing aids at a fraction of the cost and hassle of conventional devices. Here’s how things stand now: Hearing loss is a pervasive and serious health problem, and many […]

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Brisbane’s second runway: Claims dozens of suburbs hit by plane noise

Consultation for Brisbane Airport’s second runway was flawed and noise estimates inaccurate, according to a community group that claims dozens of suburbs have been significantly affected by aircraft noise. SUBURB LIST Brendan O’Malley Westside Newss Drone footage of Brisbane Airport’s new runway – the largest aviation construction project in Australia. A total of 24 suburbs […]

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Squealing Children and Noisy Neighbors? There’s a Map for That

The crowdsourced guide collects anonymous gripes and pins every grievance on an interactive map, creating a record of the irritating sounds and sights of Japan By Tiffany May and Hisako Ueno Noisy children skateboarding on the streets. Couples arguing in their homes. People gathered on the sidewalk, gossiping for long hours. Some people would describe these activities as […]

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Do Windmills Cause Cancer?

Learn why windmill cancer is a myth By Lauren Krouse Published on January 26, 2021 If you’ve heard the rumor that windmills cause cancer, it’s understandable if you’re feeling concerned or confused. How exactly could windmills (of all things) cause cancer? Short answer: They don’t.  For the past few decades, some doctors and anti-wind energy activists have […]

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Israelis Use Insect Ears to Create Robot That Hears

Researchers at Tel Aviv University successfully install a locust ear into a robot, allowing it to hear and follow instructions. By Yakir Benzion, United With Israel What happens when zoologists and a computer chip engineer meet at a Tel Aviv University campus cafe? No, this isn’t a joke – it happened to be a cross-faculty […]

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Israel’s TAU Team Develops New Gene Therapy For Deafness

JERUSALEM (JNS/Israel21c)  – Delivering healthy genetic material into the inner ear cells of mice with a genetic defect that causes deafness enables the cells to function normally, according to a new study from Tel Aviv University (TAU). The novel treatment prevented the gradual deterioration of hearing in these mice, and could potentially lead to a […]

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