I’ve never been able to hear well. As a child, I was in and out of the hospital as doctors struggled to treat chronic ear infections that left me in throbbing pain and, eventually, relative silence. By the time I went to college, I had only one half-functioning ear drum and no hope of regaining the hearing I’d lost…
This footage of a desert cat taking out a bird in mid-flight is another impressive reminder of the astonishing power of natural evolution. The small but agile caracal uses 20 muscles —in three distinct groups—to independently control each of its ears, which act as supersensitive parabolic sound antennas.
Here's a tiny kitten so happy to eat that he wiggles his ears out of pure enjoyment—or something—like Gizmo the mogwai. Apparently, animals moving their ears when they feel pleasure is a thing.
Deep down we all know we shouldn't crank our music or listen to headphones with the volume really high, but we still do. And if you've ever wondered if years of hard rock has done any serious damage, here's an easy way to find out.
Forget that daily apple. Researchers at Georgia Tech and Emory University have developed the Remotoscope, an accessory that turns the iPhone into an ear-inspecting otoscope so doctors can diagnose and treat kids remotely in the event of an ear infection.
Yep, this happened. Doctors at Johns Hopkins have attached a new ear to a patient that was grown on her own forearm. It's a medical first, and a heartwarming-if-a-little-yucky story.
Harbor is an 8-year old Black and Tan Coonhound with big ears. His ears are so big, he now holds the Guinness World record for the Longest Ears on a Living Dog.
On a planet hosting 6.7 billion human beings, having proof you're unique is of tantamount importance. The ear, it turns out, may be the best identification yet.
Researchers at the National Physics Laboratory in the U.K. have modeled what they believe to be the perfect human ear. It will replace the "flawed" one created by the International Electrotechnical Commission in 1990. Perfect headphones for everyone!
There's one kinda big problem with SunChips' new 100% compostable bag: It's noisy as Hell. An Air Force pilot says it's louder than the cockpit of his jet, and this video test pegs it at a potentially damaging 95 decibels.
I used to be excited about iPhone turn-by-turn navigation, but the Pull-Navi system (straight from Tokyo University of Electro-Communications' crazy folks) is way better. It comes with a stylish helmet and will yank on ears until they look like Dumbo's.
Binaural sound recordings can be creepy enough, but knowing that they may have originated at this Otokinoko ear-mic might just make them unbearable. The concept of binaural microphones is elegantly simple: record sounds from the positions of human ears, creating the illusion of 3D sound at playback. This blue beast…
Although the idea of an in-ear alarm clock that doesn't bother your roommates is sound, this implementation is quite poor. The Mini Alarm does go inside your ear, but it hangs out so much that it's bound to fall out when you're flopping around like an injured whale during REM.
The upcoming triple.fi earbuds from Ultimate Ears promise to give the same performance as their top-of-the-line UE-10 Pros, but don't require custom ear canal fitting. They use a similar triple-driver design, but don't slip out of your ear when listening and don't cost $900.
Though it's not really a common topic of dinner conversation in the States — "Who's been cleaning your ears at Yale, Son?" — the Japanese have a certain fondness for the act of ear cleaning. If Hello Kitty mimikakis (ear cleaners) aren't enough for your waxy canals, King's Idea's ear scopes may just be the ticket.
There's an ongoing meme over at BoingBoing.net on ear cleaning and, thankfully, it has spread. Behold: the Hello Kitty mimikaki. This thin device—or, more scientifically, "plastic stick"—is designed for in-depth ear cleaning. The more we think about this, the cooler and grosser it seems. I mean, to have someone really…