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Even in a crowded room full of background noise, the human ear is remarkably adept at tuning in to a single voice—a feat that has proved remarkably difficult for computers to match. A new analysis of the underlying mechanisms, conducted by researchers at MIT, has provided insights that could ultimately lead to better machine hearing, and perhaps to better hearing aids as well.
Andy Bopp, executive director of the Hearing Industries Association, announced the joint press release from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group and the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA) announcing a Memo of Understanding related to the development of a standard for new hearing aids. See the release for more details.
Toddler Hears for the First Time with Brainstem Implant
This is not the usual story about an implant.
At a hospital in Boston, sound registered in Alex Frederick's brain for the first time.
Alex, just 17 months old at the time, is deaf, but a device, not yet approved in the United States for children, is helping to change that. It was implanted directly into his brain.
Infant Sleep Machines at Maximum Volume Reported as Hearing Risk
New York Times, March 3, 2014, by Katherine Saint Louis
Devices that produce soothing sounds in order to lull infants to sleep can be loud enough at maximum volume to damage their hearing, researchers reported Monday.