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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...
1-Dec-2017 9:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Microwaved Exploding Eggs Make for an Unusual Acoustic Experiment

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If you have looked closely at a microwave’s warnings or have experienced an accidental explosion, you know that certain foods pose a risk due to an increase in their internal pressure, and potatoes and hard-boiled eggs are among the most common...
28-Nov-2017 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Marine Invertebrates Have Noisy Human Neighbors

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Marine invertebrates are impacted by the rising levels of underwater noise produced by humans, but the production of underwater noise is not only difficult to control, but the direct effect on marine invertebrates can be challenging to observe or...
28-Nov-2017 2:40 PM EST Add to Favorites

Alarming Amounts of Noise Demand Ways to Silence Noisy Hospital Environments

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Spending a night in the hospital is not only stressful, but also loud. The constant beeps, whirrs and alarms ascend to a cacophony that produces anything but a relaxing, restful environment. Researchers will summarize the limited number of studies...
29-Nov-2017 9:40 AM EST Add to Favorites

Disorders of the Voice Can Affect a Politician’s Success

The acoustics of political speech are known to be a powerful influencer of voter preferences, but vocal disorders can change the qualities of a person’s speech, and voice scientists in France have found that this alters politicians’ perceived...
29-Nov-2017 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

What Gave Early New Orleans Jazz Clarinets Their Unique Sound?

The hauntingly beautiful “wailing” sounds of early New Orleans jazz clarinets, often featured in brass bands or jazz funerals, are one of the most distinctive instrument styles in American music. The unique sound begs the question: What’s...
29-Nov-2017 12:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

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...
1-Dec-2017 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Hearing Hybrid and Electric Vehicles While Quieting Noise Pollution

Low-emission vehicles are considered too quiet for hearing-impaired pedestrians, so the European Union is mandating that they be equipped with acoustic vehicle alerting systems. With these alert systems would come a marked increase in the amount of...
29-Nov-2017 2:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

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