Hearing

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You have this tiny corkscrew to thank for every song you’ve ever heard.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
The cochlea is the place where sound waves are converted to beautiful music.
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Special cells in the inner ear turn vibrations in the air into what we perceive as sound.
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New technologies are giving children who are deaf a chance to hear.
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  • 10 min
Possible links between impaired hearing and loss of cognitive abilities raise the tantalizing possibility that restoring hearing could slow cognitive decline.
  • The Dana Foundation
Musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation — so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. 
  • TED
  • 16 min
The cochlear implant is a near-miraculous device, widely considered the most effective brain-machine interface technology yet developed. Now, researchers are working to make this very good implant even better.
  • The Dana Foundation
Playing a musical instrument can do wonders for our brains. But how does it affect our hearing later on in life?
  • National Science Foundation
What if the number 7 tasted like chocolate? What if Monday was purple? This is what life is like for someone with synesthesia. Learn more about this fascinating neurological trait with this video.
  • TED
  • 4 min
Why do we get motion sickness? Learn what this condition has to do with the brain and your senses in this video.
  • TED
Fish, frogs, and birds are able to recover from damage to cells in the inner ear that cause permanent hearing loss in people. What makes them different?
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 1 min
Although sensory systems share basic features of organization, each is uniquely designed to respond to a particular aspect of the world.
  • The Dana Foundation
Through complex systems that begin with cells that respond to physical stimuli and send signals through a maze of brain circuits, we can know — both consciously and otherwise — what goes on around us and within our bodies.
  • The Dana Foundation

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