Category Archives: Interesting facts

Jul 27 2016

‘Shark Tank’ star on how hearing aids changed his life

Daymond John is the founder and CEO of fashion brand FUBU and star of the reality TV series ‘Shark Tank.’ He also has hearing loss which he attributes to noise exposure from years of listening to loud music while growing up. He struggled for years, thinking people were mumbling or not speaking loud enough. Then […]

Dec 03 2015

Getting into the Holiday spirit: Australian choir performs alongside deaf choir

This is an interesting story. In what they are promoting as a ‘world first’ the Sydney Philharmonia choir will perform Handel’s Messiah alongside a deaf choir that will use sign language and movement to convey emotion. The performances will take place through December at the Sydney Opera House. Check out the link below for more […]

Aug 27 2015

A drug to prevent noise related hearing loss?

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the US Army is testing a new drug that researchers hope will help prevent hearing loss caused by noise. As anyone who has served in the Military can tell you, noise is often a fact of life. Standard hearing protection is not always enough to completely […]

Aug 14 2015

Did you know? The ear contains some of the smallest parts of the body

Did you know your ear contains the smallest muscle and bone in your body. The smallest muscle is called the stapedius, and is located in the middle ear. It is about a quarter of a centimeter long and controls the smallest bone in the body, the stapes or stirrup bone. The stapes is about twice […]

Aug 07 2015

Do people sound like they are mumbling?

“It sounds like people are mumbling.” This is a common complaint we hear from our older patients. Now, new research from the University of Maryland suggests that speech processing declines as we get older, even in the absence of measurable hearing loss. The research examined understanding of speech syllables for both younger and older adults […]

Feb 13 2015

What does it sound like to have a hearing loss?

Do you have normal hearing, but wonder what it might sound like to have a hearing loss? Maybe you know a relative or friend who has hearing loss and wonder how they hear. Hearing loss doesn’t just make sound quieter. It often distorts sound, making speech sound garbled. This is because frequencies aren’t affected equally. […]

Feb 05 2015

Every ear is unique

Did you know your ear is as unique as your fingerprint. That’s right, every ear has a slightly different size and shape. Theoretically, your ear print could be used for identification. Although, you don’t see many criminals leaving their ear print at a crime scene. So, it probably won’t replace finger prints any time soon.

Jan 22 2015

Fascinating Facts: Australian infants find it easier to understand Canadians

A new study out of the University of Western Sydney has found that Australian babies find it easier to understand Canadian accents than their own. Maybe it’s the way we say “aboot?” Actually, it appears there are more differences in sound between our vowels. For example, “ee” and “oo” sound more similar in Australian accents […]

Nov 25 2014

Fascinating Facts: Barn owls are acoustic hunters

The flat face of barn owls directs sound to their ears. This allows them to form a 3D acoustic picture of the environment, enabling them to hunt with great precision. Check out the link below for a fascinating video.

Aug 28 2014

Designing buildings for better hearing

Here is something we don’t always think about. The way buildings are designed can drastically influence the way we hear. Check out the link below for an interesting video on how acoustics affect our hearing.