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Harlem man snaps and fatally shoots ‘noisy’ neighbors, sets apartment on fire: cops

By Alex Taylor and Ben Feuerherd October 18, 2019 A Harlem man who’d argued with the couple upstairs for a decade over noise “snapped” on Friday, shooting them dead, lighting his own apartment on fire, and then fatally shooting himself in the head during a police standoff, neighbors and authorities said. The suspect, Bruce Anderson, […]

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Will an ‘aural cleanse’ make you sleep better?

My face feels hot, and strangely numb. Then, a slight tingling sensation starts. It’s not comfortable, but I would liken it to the final five seconds of waking up a foot you’ve sat on for too long. Are we up to the last song? I wonder. Before I can think too much about it, I’m […]

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Misophonia: When sounds really do make you “crazy”

James Cartreine, PhD Contributing Editor You hear your spouse breathing nearby and you instantly get angry. Your 6-year-old yawns and it triggers a fight-or-flight reaction in you. You avoid restaurants because you can’t stand the sound of chewing. Sounds other people don’t even seem to notice, drive you up a wall. You might have misophonia. What […]

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All about that bass: carmakers seek electric car sounds for post-petrol era

GENEVA (Reuters) – Carmakers are dreaming up futuristic electric car engine sounds to ensure that pedestrians can hear vehicles that lack audible cues like high-revving, howling combustion engines, senior executives at the Geneva car show said. The Audi “Q4 e-tron concept” is displayed at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland March 5, […]

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Israeli Company Developing ‘Personal Sound Bubble’ Noise Control Technology

by Tofi Stoler / CTech A man wearing headphones in a subway station. Photo: Pexels. CTech – You are in your car with your four-year-old and your 12-year-old who are constantly arguing about which track to put on the stereo. He wants to listen to the Frozensoundtrack on repeat, but she insists on Ariana Grande’s 2019 hit […]

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How to protect your ears and avoid noise-induced hearing loss

By Alice Clarke 1 February 2019 One of the best things about the 21st century is that we can pretty much pump our music whenever, and however, we want. Plus many of us live a short walk to a train station, and we can build massive structures, use powerful drills and chainsaws in our own home, […]

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Yikes! Only Eight Percent of U.S. Adults Consistently Use Hearing Protectors at Loud Events

The roar of the crowd, the boom of the bass, and the pop and crackle of fireworks, while exhilarating, can be loud enough to permanently damage your hearing. One simple solution that can save your hearing is using hearing protectors, such as earplugs or earmuffs. Yet only eight percent of American adults say that they […]

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Israeli scientists find a flower they say can hear approaching bees

Using petals as ears, the evening primrose sweetens its nectar in minutes when it hears sounds at the frequency of bees’ wing-beats By TOI STAFF The Oenothera drummondii, or evening-primrose flower, on a beach in Hong Kong. (Wikipedia/Geographer/CC BY-SA) Israeli scientists at Tel Aviv University say they have found a flower that hears the approach of […]

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These Whales Are Serenaders of the Seas. It’s Quite a Racket.

Why do whales sing? Scientists still aren’t certain, and maybe the whales aren’t, either. A juvenile male humpback whale in waters off Sri Lanka. The males may be singing certain tunes to attract mates, although scientists listening to the songs suspect there may also be other reasons for the music shared among these giants, even […]

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Hearing Loss Threatens Mind, Life and Limb

Poor hearing is not just an annoying inconvenience. CreditCreditGracia Lam By Jane E. Brody  Dec. 31, 2018 The earsplitting sound of ambulance sirens in New York City is surely hastening the day when I and many others repeatedly subjected to such noise will be forced to get hearing aids. I just hope this doesn’t happen before 2021 […]

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