Apple patent reveals new design of in-ear headphones that automatically drop the volume if not worn properly

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Apple has filed a patent for a pair of headphones that automatically adjust the volume of music if they’re not inserted far enough into the ear. The tech company has been criticised in the past for the headphones it sells with iPhones and iPods because they ‘leak’ music, meaning a listener’s tunes can be heard by people around them.  

Designs for the in-ear headphones, also known as earbuds, in this latest patent have a built-in microphone that can assess how much much music is leaking and adjust the volume accordingly.

According to the patent, the buds could track variations in the seal between the speaker section of the earbud and the wearer’s ear canal. If the earbud is not inserted far enough, the microphone will realise the seal has been broken.

The buds will then either warn the listener through an on-screen message, or automatically adjust the volume.The microphone can also listen to ambient noises and increase the volume if the wearer is in a loud environment. This adjustment additionally means the earbuds will better fit people’s different sized ears.

The patent was filed earlier this month to the U.S Patent and Trademark Office and it will need to be approved before Apple can begin working on, and ultimately selling, the device. It said: ‘The speakers in earbud headphone are encased in earbuds.

Hidden Hearing  recommend the 60/60 Rule to protect your hearing – that’s listen to your personal music device through headphones for a maximum of 60 minutes at 60% of the volume.

 Commenting on the news of the patent, Hidden Hearing audiologist Keith Ross said, “ As a result of years of listening to personal music devices at very loud volumes, we are seeing a huge increase in the number of people sometimes as young as 30 suffering from hearing loss which you might expect a person aged over 70 to have. Our advice is to take care of your hearing and if you or your family or friends suspect you have a hearing loss to get your hearing checked today. Hearing screenings are free at Hidden Hearing’s branches or mobile hearing clinic.”

Liam Gallagher reveals he has tinnitus like brother Noel

Liam Gallagher

Both brothers experience a ‘ringing’ in their ears when no actual sound is present

Beady Eye frontman Liam’s Gallagher has revealed that he suffers from tinnitus – the condition that causes a ‘ringing’ in the ears when no actual sound is present.

The condition affects a number of musicians who’ve been subjected to large amounts of loud noise over the years. Both Chris Martin of Coldplay and The Who’s Pete Townshend are sufferers and Liam’s brother Noel revealed he was diagnosed earlier this year (2013).

“Without a doubt I have tinnitus. You’re not a proper rock’n’roll star if you don’t,” Liam told The Sun after Beady Eye’s instore gig at London’s Rough Trade East on Monday (June 10). “I learned to live with it a long time ago. I put up with it – I just talk really loudly over it. I’m proud of it. Anyone who doesn’t have ringing in their ears can *!@% right off.”

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Keeping Up With. . . . . Hearing Loss


Bruce Jenner’s Hearing Loss Leads To Brain Tumor Scare On Kardashians

Keeping Up With the Kardashians‘ beloved patriarch Bruce Jenner‘s hearing loss led to a brain tumor scare for the Olympic legend.

That’s what viewers found out on Sunday night’s episode of the family’s E! show, when the former decathlete went to the doctor after driving wife Kris Jenner and the kids crazy by blasting the TV and not being able to hear their conversations. When Bruce checked out his hearing loss, however, he got the shock of his life — an ear growth was discovered and he had to undergo an MRI to rule out a brain tumor.

But luckily, the sports hero, 63, is going to be just fine. With Kris, Kim and Khloe Kardashian by his side at Dr. Rick Friedman‘s office, Bruce learned he didn’t have a tumor. “Your MRI is clear. Your brain’s good,” Dr. Friedman said, as Bruce’s relieved family members cheered. The doctor said Bruce just needed a hearing aid.

The proud Olympian sighed, “I don’t want it to be seen,” but when his doctor recommended a tiny one, Bruce said he would consider the idea.

Bruce claimed although his hearing wasn’t as sharp as it used to be, it was good enough. However, Kim convinced Bruce’s older son, Brandon Jenner, to pressure him on the issue, and the athlete admitted to Brandon irritably, “I have to get it checked out.”

Dr. Friedman said he had a substantial decline in high frequency sound, then said he had a growth in his ear. But everything ended well for the famous dad!

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Maureen Nolan reveals how her sister’s health fight inspired her to sort out her hearing problems

The Nolan sisters are no strangers to tragedy and trauma. Between them they have endured difficult childhoods, infidelity, domestic violence and divorce.

And now they are facing their biggest ordeal of all as Bernie bravely confronts the final stages of breast cancer.

The+Nolan+SistersIt’s a situation that has focused the minds of all the girls – and left one of them, Maureen, determined to tackle a health problem that has been blighting her life: deafness

‘Seeing Bernie so poorly has made me more aware than ever that we should do what we can to look after ourselves and make sure we live life to the full,’ she explains.

‘I feel so blessed that hearing is my only health problem, which is entirely in my control to fix and can be easily resolved.’

Maureen, 58, says her problems date back to the early days of the sisters’ singing career. ‘I have just 50 per cent hearing in my right ear,’ she reveals. ‘I remember doing a 1960s rock ’n’ roll tour and being deaf every night when I came off stage, with a hissing in my ear.

‘I have been subjected to such massive noise through work – you’ve no idea how loud it could be on stage, even performing in the working men’s clubs when we were kids.’ You wouldn’t know it to look at her, but Maureen has two new hearing aids that she says have transformed her life.

 With her beauty, youthful looks and glamorous make-up and hair, Maureen certainly crushes the stereotype of a hearing-aid wearer as elderly and debilitated.

‘I know there’s a stigma about wearing hearing aids but I don’t understand why,’ she says. ‘I don’t mind mine at all – with these new models, you can’t see them at all anyway.’


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Life sounds great: The impact of treated hearing loss on quality of life

familyStaying socially active and engaged with friends and family is important as people age, and hearing well is crucial to making that happen.  Research conducted by Hidden Hearing revealed that hearing loss is associated not only with a range of physical problems but also psychological and emotional problems such as social isolation and feelings of embarrassment.

The research, which explored the psychological impact of hearing loss, revealed that 37% of respondents said they felt frustrated when they realised they had a problem with their hearing, one in three (33%) of respondents said that they felt embarrassed, one in five (19%) said they felt old and one in five (19%) said they felt isolated.

When a person cannot hear well, activities they used to enjoy – meals with friends and nights out at the theatre – become challenges. People can become frustrated, skip social opportunities and potentially become socially isolated, which increases the risk of mental health issues.   44% of respondents said that their hearing loss made it difficult to socialise in public places, with one in four (26%) saying that their hearing loss was affecting their home life.  By contrast, people who seek treatment for hearing loss report significant improvements in relationships, self-esteem, overall quality of life, mental health and safety. 

Untreated hearing loss can have a devastating impact on the social, professional and family interactions of people with hearing impairments.  Studies conducted by Hidden Hearing show that 28% of people leave it more than five years to get their hearing checked and treated, which often means they may miss out on important life events with friends and family as their hearing deteriorates.

Conversely, research by the National Council of the Ageing on more than 2,000 people with hearing loss demonstrated that hearing aids clearly are associated with impressive improvements in the social, emotional, psychological, and physical well-being of people with hearing loss.  Hearing loss treatment was shown to improve:

  • Earning power
  • Communication in relationships
  • Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
  • Ease in communication
  • Emotional stability
  • Sense of control over life events
  • Perception of mental functioning
  • Physical health
  • Group social participation

And just as importantly hearing loss treatment was shown to reduce:

  • Discrimination toward the person with the hearing loss
  • Hearing loss compensation behaviors (i.e. pretending you hear)
  • Anger and frustration in relationships
  • Depression and depressive symptoms
  • Feelings of paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Social phobias
  • Self-criticism

If you are one of those people with a mild, moderate or severe hearing loss, who is sitting on the fence, consider all the benefits of hearing aids described above and contact your local Hidden Hearing branch to arrange a free hearing test.  Freephone 1800 370 000 or


Manchester United tackles sound problems at Old Trafford

The engineer will look at why sound does not travel across the stadium

The engineer will look at why sound does not travel across the stadium

Manchester United have appointed an acoustic engineer to try and find out why singing at Old Trafford does not carry to all areas of the ground.

The sound specialist has attended one game this season and will gather information at others in an attempt to pinpoint the problem.

Noise levels at the stadium have been derided by opposition supporters and United fan groups.

One fan group said a “safe-standing” area would fix the issue.

A spokesman for the Independent Manchester United Supporters Association said such areas would allow those who wanted stand to do so and as a result would improve the level of singing and chanting.

He said: “For many, many years now, fans have been told to sit down, shut up and take what they are given.

“Well now they are sat down, and they have shut up – and the club don’t like it.

“Fans are allowed to stand at moments of high excitement [but] when they are forced to sit – as they often are at Old Trafford – they make less noise.

“They should also look at having a section of the ground where like-minded fans could be in the same place, because we recognise standing is an issue for some and not for others.”

He added that the club also needed to “turn the music off before games to give fans a chance to make some noise themselves”.

The club has previously tried to relocate away supporters in order to create a section for supporters who wanted to sing, but that was met with opposition from police over safety issues.

A club spokesman said discussions were ongoing but the need to relocate season ticket holders in order to create any such section meant it could take several years to create.

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Celebrities with hearing loss: Part 1

Health issues affect all sectors of society, whether you’re a regular Joe Public or a celebrity. Hearing loss is no different and there are many well- known people who are/were deaf and have hearing impairments. Today we thought we’d take a look at some of them.

UnknownPete Townshend – an award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer, and writer, Pete Townshend blames his hearing loss on a lifetime spent using headphones, experts say today’s iPod Generation is storing up trouble for the future by listening to music at high volumes.

image.ashxHelen Keller – (1880 – 1968) – Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) – an American author, activist and lecturer. She was the first deaf/blind person to graduate from college. She was not born blind and deaf; it was not until nineteen months of age that she came down with an illness described by doctors as “an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain”, which could have possibly been scarlet fever or meningitis. The illness did not last for a particularly long time, but it left her deaf and blind. Keller went on to become a world-famous speaker and author. She is remembered as an advocate for people with disabilities amid numerous other causes.

edison2Thomas Edison – Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor of Dutch origin and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph and a long lasting light bulb. In school, the young Edison’s mind often wandered. He was noted to be terrible at mathematics, unable to focus, and had difficulty with words and speech. This ended Edison’s three months of official schooling. The cause of Edison’s deafness has been attributed to a bout of scarlet fever during childhood and recurring untreated middle ear infections


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