Hidden Hearing Responds to Research that Reveals Cricket Ears Could Hold Secret to Hearing Aid Developments

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Private hearing healthcare solutions provider, Hidden Hearing, have responded to new research that reveals a South American cricket could hold the secret to advances in hearing aids.

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We look forward to seeing how this research develops and lends itself to helping people hear.

A new study published last week in journal, Science, has revealed that the South American bush cricket (Also known as the Katydid) could aid new advances in hearing aids.

The Katydid has one of the smallest ears of any creature in the world, but despite its very different physical structure, they function in a similar way to human ears.

Mammals ears work by a three part process – the eardrum collects the sound, the middle ear converts it from air born noise into liquid born vibrations and the cochlea analyses the frequency. While scientists were aware that crickets had an eardrum like apparatus on their two forelegs, they were unclear how the tympana connected with each other and the sensory receptors allowed the cricket to hear.

But a new study by researchers at universities including University of Bristol and University of Strathclyde has revealed the discovery of a microscopic organ that acts like a middle ear for the cricket. These insect mechanisms could be incorporated into a variety of technologies to help humans such as hearing aids to create the bio-inspired sensors of the future.

A spokesperson for Hidden Hearing said:

“This latest research is extremely interesting and important and could help develop future hearing aids with new technological advancements. We look forward to seeing how this research develops and lends itself to helping people hear.”

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.

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