hearing

Test Your Tone-Deafness With This App

Test Your Tone-Deafness With This App

This surprisingly tough web game, from the Music Lab at the Harvard University Department of Psychology, tests how well you can distinguish tones by pitch. Put on your headphones and judge — as fast as you can — whether certain tones are higher or lower than others.

These Popular Toys Could Seriously Damage Your Kids’ Hearing

These Popular Toys Could Seriously Damage Your Kids’ Hearing

You’re not just getting old. Today’s toys are too damn loud. This isn’t simply an annoyance that drives many parents to break out the hammer — prolonged exposure to high decibel levels can be dangerous for kids, and may even cause long-term hearing loss.

How To Get Your Kid To Speak At A Normal Human Volume 

How To Get Your Kid To Speak At A Normal Human Volume 

My five-year-old daughter Maggie seems to have two volume levels outside of our home: “off” and Fran Drescher at a loud bar. It took a while for her to become comfortable talking to people at all, so I’ve been letting it go when she suddenly has something important to say…