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    17-May-2019 8:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 712667

Restaurant Acoustics that Schmeckt

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Acoustics consultant Klaus Genuit says that new ISO guidelines for defining, measuring and evaluating soundscapes are a big step forward in guiding the creation of audibly fine restaurants. "A soup might be delicious or not, but you can't answer this by knowing the temperature of the soup. It is the same with restaurant soundscapes -- you need a lot more information than just noise level," he said. He will present an application of the new ISO restaurant soundscape standards at the 177th ASA Meeting, May 13-17.

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10-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 712967

First smartphone app that can hear ear infections in children

University of Washington

Researchers at the UW have created a new smartphone app that can detect fluid behind the eardrum by simply using a piece of paper and the phone’s microphone and speaker.

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15-May-2019 5:05 PM EDT
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    15-May-2019 1:30 PM EDT

Article ID: 712664

How Loud is Too Loud When It Comes to Sports Whistles?

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Referees and others using whistles on the job need a simple way to determine whether it’s harmful to their hearing, so researchers set out to put it to the test and to provide some clarity and damage risk criteria for impulse noise exposures. To do this, the group carefully measured and analyzed the acoustic signature of 13 brands of whistles identified as the “most commonly used” by 300 sports officials -- both indoors and outdoors. They will present their findings during the 177th ASA Meeting.

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10-May-2019 11:25 AM EDT
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    13-May-2019 9:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 712546

Locating a Shooter from the First Shot via Cellphone

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Militaries have worked hard to develop technologies that simultaneously protect soldiers' hearing and aid in battlefield communication. However, these don’t help if a soldier takes it off to assess the location of incoming gunfire. A French researcher has developed a proof of concept that uses the microphones in a TCAPS system to capture a shooter’s acoustic information and transmit this to a soldier’s smartphone to display shooter location in real time. He will present his shooter location research at the 177th ASA Meeting, May 13-17.

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9-May-2019 9:25 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712404

Hearing researcher Robert Fettiplace named a Passano Fellow; 2nd major scientific award

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Robert Fettiplace has been named a 2019 Passano Fellow for his research into the mechanics of hearing, his second prestigious international scientific prize in a year. Fettiplace, a professor of neuroscience at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health won the award for showing how cochlear hair cells sense the tiny mechanical vibrations that sound produces in the inner ear.

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6-May-2019 11:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712004

Some Children Find It Harder to Understand What Strangers Are Saying

New York University

New research by New York University Steinhardt Associate Professor Susannah Levi finds that children with poorer language skills are at a disadvantage when given tasks or being spoken to by strangers because they cannot, as easily as their peers, understand speech from people they do not know.

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26-Apr-2019 3:30 PM EDT

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Article ID: 711732

Brains of Blind People Adapt to Sharpen Sense of Hearing, Study Shows

University of Washington

Research from the University of Washington uses functional MRI to identify two differences in the brains of blind individuals -- differences that might be responsible for their abilities to make better use of auditory information.

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22-Apr-2019 3:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 711117

With NIH Funding, Audiologist Looking at What Causes Tinnitus and Whether Genes Play a Role

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University professor Ishan Bhatt leads a team that is looking at possible causes of tinnitus and possibly open the door to more specific treatments.

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10-Apr-2019 4:30 PM EDT
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Article ID: 710722

'The Richness of Human Experience'

Creighton University

A Creighton University researcher who lost his own hearing at age 14 months is working on ways to ensure it doesn't happen to others.

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3-Apr-2019 3:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 710325

People 'hear' flashes due to disinhibited flow of signals around the brain, suggests study

City University London

A synaesthesia-like effect in which people 'hear' silent flashes or movement, such as in popular 'noisy GIFs' and memes, could be due to a reduction of inhibition of signals that travel between visual and auditory areas of the brain, according to a new study led by researchers at City, University of London.

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27-Mar-2019 2:05 PM EDT

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