What side of the brain processes music?

Many of us may have an ear for music, but what about our brains? Is there such a thing as brain for music? There seems to be. Several scientific studies lead us to believe that the brains of musicians are different from the brains of those who are not musically inclined. The preponderance of evidence…

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Cocktail party deafness

Whether youre attending a party with friends or having a pop at the local tavern, you’ve no doubt noticed that sound levels increase as the evening wears on. As patrons consume more and more of their favorite brews, volume levels increase to the threshold of pain especially when the band gets up to do its…

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Sudden hearing loss and stroke

In the summer of 2008, the American Heart Association published a recap of an extensive study that establishes a relationship between sudden sensorineural hearing loss, more easily called SSNHL, and stroke. This condition is marked, obviously, with the sudden onset of hearing loss, as in one day you hear fine and a week later you…

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Ear Kiss Syndrome

It sounds so weird. Like some sort of urban legend. But the fact is well-meaning smoochers have actually done damage to the hearing of the kiss recipient when the kiss is placed just outside the ear canal, aka “the ear kiss.” Kissing comes naturally. You give your spouse a peck on the cheek, a raspberry…

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Toys Dangerous to Children’s Hearing

Tis the season. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, the tree is up and decorated and the plans for Christmas dinner are all set. So what’s left? Oh, that’s right – Christmas shopping. And each year, consumer groups report their individual dangerous toys list – toys that have small parts that present…

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