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Quietness better than background music for creativity

Quietness better than background music for creativity

Recent research questions the popular notion that listening to music increases creativity. Instead, it proposes that quietness, or even background library noise, is more beneficial. Many people say that music helps them focus, but the researchers behind a new study beg to differ. After conducting a series of experiments with human volunteers, researchers from the […]

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What and when can a fetus hear?

What and when can a fetus hear?

People often wonder if a fetus can hear while in the womb. Many expectant parents will speak to or play music for a developing fetus. Evidence suggests that the auditory system starts forming at the 18th week of pregnancy and continues to develop until the baby is between 5 and 6 months of age. Everything […]

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Hearing loss and cognitive decline: Study probes link

Hearing loss and cognitive decline: Study probes link

Recent research adds to a growing body of knowledge that links hearing loss with cognitive decline, which is a hallmark of dementia and often precedes the disease. Research suggests a link between hearing loss and cognitive decline. After analyzing 8 years of data from a health study of more than 10,000 men, scientists at Brigham […]

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Reversing hearing loss by regrowing hairs

Reversing hearing loss by regrowing hairs

Humans are unable to reverse the effects of hearing loss, but a biological process found in other animal species may hold the key to reversing this widespread problem. Reversing hearing loss is currently impossible. How the brain interprets sounds is a relatively simple process. First, a sound enters the ear via soundwaves. It then moves […]

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The brain uses its ‘autocorrect’ feature to make out sounds

The brain uses its ‘autocorrect’ feature to make out sounds

New research has zoomed in on the brain’s speech recognition abilities, uncovering the mechanism through which the brain discerns between ambiguous sounds. The brain deploys fascinating mechanisms to make out sounds. “Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is […]

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Tinnitus: Mindfulness may succeed where other treatments fail

Tinnitus: Mindfulness may succeed where other treatments fail

New findings add to evidence that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may help people with tinnitus — particularly those who have tried other treatments but to no avail. Tinnitus is often characterized by an incessant ringing sound in the ears. In tinnitus, a person hears noises even though there is no external source for the sound. Approximately […]

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How to remove earwax at home

How to remove earwax at home

Earwax, also called cerumen, serves an essential function in the body. It helps to remove dead skin cells, dirt, hair, and other debris from the ear canal. Earwax lowers the risk of infection and prevents the ear canal from feeling uncomfortable and itchy. It also helps to reduce the irritation that water causes when it […]

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Why do I feel pain in my ear when swallowing?

Why do I feel pain in my ear when swallowing?

Ear pain when swallowing can be extremely uncomfortable and interfere with everyday activities such as eating, drinking, and talking. There are many reasons why a person’s ears might hurt when they swallow. The three most common causes of this pain are infections of the: ear nose throat In this article, learn the best ways to […]