Electronic Ears

Sound recognition software can analyse audio in ways that our hearing cannot. But human hearing has the edge in other skills – discriminating one audio source from a background of many for example, like a conversation at a loud party. Which is why engineers at the UK’s Newcastle University are developing a computer model of the ‘auditory midbrain’, the lump of grey matter that deals with the way we perceive sound. The results could enable voice-commanded robotics and a new generation of hearing aids.

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  1. My husband went suddenly blind and is almost deaf. Is there an electronic devise that will help him without the discomfort and bother of putting little plugs in to hear? Like maybe earmuffs and a devise that will connect to a television or that he can point to hear what he wants to hear and remove easily when he does not? Thanks. LIF

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