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Scientists Identify First Brain Cells That Respond to Sound

A new study is the first to identify a mechanism that could explain an early link between sound input and cognitive function, often called the “Mozart effect.”

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vocoded speech, Speech, Hearing, musicality, Musician, distorted speech, musical ear, Perception, Kieran E. Laursen, Iain C. Williams, Tahnee Marquardt, Sara L. Prostko, Terry L. Gottfried, Lawrence University, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, University of Oxford, 174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Acoustics, Acoustical Society

Is There a Musical Method for Interpreting Speech?

Vocoded speech, or distorted speech that imitates voice transduction by a cochlear implant, is used throughout acoustic and auditory research to explore speech comprehension under various conditions. Researchers evaluated whether musicians had an advantage in understanding and reciting degraded speech as compared to nonmusicians, and they will present their work on the effect of musical experience on the ability to understand vocoded speech at the 174th ASA Meeting, Dec. 4-8, 2017.

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Want to Listen Better? Lend a Right Ear

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Listening requires sensitive hearing and the ability to process information into cohesive meaning. Add everyday background noise and constant interruptions, and the ability to comprehend what is heard becomes that much more difficult. Audiology researchers at Auburn University have found that in such demanding environments, both children and adults depend more on their right ear for processing and retaining what they hear. They will present their work at the 174th ASA Meeting, Dec. 4-8.

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Faculty Awarded NOAA Grant to Improve Tornado Warnings for Deaf

Researchers at The University of Alabama will study how tornado warnings could be improved in their accessibility and comprehension by members of the Deaf, Blind and Deaf-Blind communities.

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Language, Language Processing, Infants, infants learning, accented speech, Accents, Parents And Children, Speech Pathology, speech development, Language Development, monolingual, Bilingual

Hearing Different Accents at Home Impacts Language Processing in Infants

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Infants raised in homes where they hear a single language, but spoken with different accents, recognize words dramatically differently at about 12 months of age than their age-matched peers exposed to little variation in accent, according to a University at Buffalo expert in language development. The findings point to the importance of considering the effects of multiple accents when studying speech development and suggest that monolingual infants shouldn’t be viewed as a single group.

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Do Your Ears Hang Low? The Complex Genetics Behind Earlobe Attachment

A common, hands-on method for teaching genetics in grade school encourages students to compare their earlobes with those of their parents: Are they attached and smoothly mesh with the jawline? Or are they detached and dangly? The answer is meant to teach students about dominant and recessive genes. Simple, right? Not so fast.

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Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities

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Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural health gap.

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Hearing, Hearing Loss, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, DEAF, Deafness, Stem Cells, Cell Biology, Biology, Science, Neurons, Brain, Noise, Noise Pollution, Sounds, genes, genetic, DNA, Enzymes, Proteins, Chromatin, Cancer, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Rutgers, New Jersey, NJ

Inner Ear Stem Cells May Someday Restore Hearing

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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.

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