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August 14, 2013
How old are your ears? A video from ASAP Science has gone viral with a test of hearing that's hard to resist. The video cranks up the frequency of a sustained pitch, beginning at 8,000 hertz and matching the frequency with an average age. At the end of the test, you may be patting yourself on the back, thankful for all those rock concerts your parents didn't let you attend. Or you could be like some of the commenters at the ASAP Science YouTube channel, wondering why they're 17 but their hearing is 30. Either way, ASAP makes the test entertaining with its trademark bright diagrams and concise explanations.
April 23, 2014 | By Monte Morin
A procedure that uses a series of electric jolts to inject lab-designed DNA molecules into cells of the inner ear may help to regrow auditory nerves in people with profound hearing loss, according to researchers. In a paper published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine , Australian researchers said they used tiny electrodes and gene therapy to regenerate nerve cells in chemically deafened guinea pigs. The procedure, they said, may one day improve the functioning of human cochlear implants -- electronic devices that provide hearing sensations to the deaf.
June 18, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Over the years, Disney theme parks have offered over 200 different varieties of Mickey Mouse ears for guests to wear. The latest version, which debuted Friday with the relaunch of Disney California Adventure, includes technology that let the ears glow and change colors in sync with the music of shows at Disney theme parks. But they are not cheap: The price for the glowing ears is $25 while the plain black version sells for about $14 at the park. The video above shows how the ears glow to the "World of Color" attraction at California Adventure.
March 19, 2014
Dr. Hans von Leden Treated voice ailments in entertainers, attorneys, ministers and politicians Dr. Hans von Leden, 95, an ear, nose and throat specialist who taught at UCLA and USC and treated voice disorders in singers, attorneys, teachers, politicians, pastors and other professionals, died March 5 at his home in Los Angeles, his family announced. No cause was given. Known as a go-to doctor for entertainers stricken with laryngitis, Von Leden traveled to Las Vegas, Reno and elsewhere on short notice to relieve a singer's or actor's symptoms.
April 6, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
If you're dealing with tired, sluggish kids who aren't able to listen or pay attention, try this quick mind-body trick. Called elephant ears, it is demonstrated here by Leah Kalish, founder of Move With Me Action Adventures, which specializes in yoga and movement education for kids. What it does The gentle massage around the outside of your ears stimulates the energy meridians in the body, Kalish says, waking up your senses, so you're less distracted and anxious and can hear and think more clearly.
April 27, 2013 | By Karen Ravn
Warning: Necomimi cat ears may not be your thing if (1) you like to blend in with the crowd (they're fuzzy and larger than life-size, and you wear them on your head), (2) you like to be mysterious and inscrutable (they enable people to read your mind) or (3) you don't like to have a good time ("They're a lot of fun," says Stanley Yang, chief executive of NeuroSky, the San Jose company that makes the ears). The ears come on a headband that contains the microchip that basically runs the show.
January 9, 1999
I hope that the powers that be at the L.A. Philharmonic take heed of Robert C. Hamilton's outcry (Saturday Letters, Dec. 26). Just one minor correction to his on-the-mark (and delightfully caustic) criticism of the musical offerings. That pattern he describes, of sandwiching outlandish music between classics (the "bait and switch" strategy), is not only of this season. It has been the practice for several seasons. I can understand that ambitious (and young) conductors are eager to keep up with the "latest" and give new composers exposure, but they should be more discriminating in what they select.
August 20, 2006
RACHEL ABRAMOWITZ'S article about Gong Li contained this comment: "Chinese -- not the most sonorous language to Western ears ... " This was extremely offensive to me, as she made no effort to distinguish between the hundreds of dialects in Chinese -- particularly between Mandarin and Cantonese -- and instead generalized the Chinese language as not being sonorous "to Western ears." Though Mandarin and Cantonese share the same written language, they sound absolutely nothing alike.
May 2, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Need a new ear? In the future you may be able to print one out and pop it on. Taking us one step closer to a future in which we are all part human, part machine, scientists at Princeton University have created a pair of high functioning bionic ears made of a mix of cellular material, silicone and electronics and printed them using a $1,000, off-the-shelf, 3-D printer. The "designer cyborg ears," as the researchers call them, look a lot like regular ears but have the potential to hear frequencies way beyond the reach of normal human hearing.
June 7, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Just where does an up-and-coming jazz talent go after covering the Red Hot Chili Peppers? While that's a reductive way to introduce a talent as promising as Linda Oh -- who turned in a deft reworking of "Soul to Squeeze" on her album "Entry" -- the bassist-composer follows up her promising debut with "Initial Here," which provides further proof that Esperanza Spalding is not the only female bassist-bandleader worthy of acclaim. Oh was born in Malaysia and raised in Australia before moving to New York five years ago. Backed by a roster of top-tier New York City talent that includes keyboardist Fabian Almazan, drummer Rudy Royston and saxophonist Dayna Stephens, Oh looks to her diverse background for inspiration.
March 6, 2014 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Everyone dislikes some kind of music, but are there people out there who don't respond to musical pathos? Apparently, yes, and they weren't lying when they said so, according to a study published online Thursday in Current Biology. A team of researchers from Spain and Canada was trying to develop an accurate questionnaire to gauge people's sense of reward from music when they found that roughly 5% of their study subjects reported getting no pleasure at all from music. So they followed up by testing 30 subjects, grouped by their relative affinity for music.
December 27, 2013 | By Lauren Frayer
MADRID - With Spanish schools slashing their budgets for music and art, piano teacher Laura Nadal saw her income dwindling. So she hit the streets of her native Madrid, playing an electric keyboard and singing for extra cash. On weekends, Nadal, along with her mandolin-strumming friend Gerardo Yllera, perform quirky tunes as the Potato Omelette Band, setting up beach chairs, umbrellas and a battery-powered amplifier on city sidewalks. With more than a quarter of the nation's workforce unemployed and many others such as Nadal underemployed, Spain's streets have swelled with buskers seeking to supplement their diminished incomes or government benefits.
November 22, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Mike Tyson really seems to be taking his quest for redemption seriously. In his latest effort to make amends for the mistakes of his past, the former heavyweight champion has returned the portion of Evander Holyfield's ear he bit off during their 1997 bout. "I kept that in formaldehyde," Tyson tells Holyfield upon handing him a small box containing what is supposed to be the body part he spit onto the mat in front of a stunned world watching it all take place on TV more than 16 years ago. Of course, it's all a spoof, part of Foot Locker's very funny new commercial for its so-called Week of Greatness.
September 22, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - With one week left before a possible government shutdown, congressional debate has exposed deep divisions within the Republican Party, pitting tea-party-backed conservatives against their colleagues. Budget moves orchestrated by tea party leader Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas have encountered outright hostility from fellow Republican senators who say his strategy does not appear to have an endgame. "I didn't go to Harvard or Princeton, but I can count," Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
September 20, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
David C. Bohnett, an Internet technology entrepreneur and busy philanthropist, serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn., the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, amfAR: The Foundation for AIDS Research, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and his own eponymous foundation. The L.A. Phil board chairman for the last five years discussed his involvement with the orchestra since Walt Disney Concert Hall's opening a decade ago. How long have you served on the L.A. Phil board and why did you choose to work with them?
September 5, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
What causes hyperactivity? The answer may lie not only between your ears, but inside them. A genetic defect in the inner ear has been shown to cause hyperactive behavior in mice. The mutation ramps up proteins that regulate signaling in the brain, scientists reported Thursday in the journal Science.  These findings may explain why children with severe hearing loss also tend to exhibit hyperactive behavior. Earlier explanations have focused mainly on social and environmental factors, which can be hard to identify.
May 15, 2010 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
David Mamet has little use for political correctness, windy academic theorists or Bolshevik-minded theater directors. He's also not too keen on "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" or those big, splashy Broadway sets that make audiences go "Ohh." As Mamet writes in "Theatre," one of two new books published by the prolific playwright-screenwriter-essayist, "When we leave the play saying how spectacular the sets or costumes were, or how interesting the ideas, it means we had a bad time."
April 9, 2009 | Teddy Greenstein
Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne is hardly oblivious to mounting criticism that the Masters has lost some of its mojo. "The criticism hurts a little bit," he said. "It's like when you go to a piano recital of one of your granddaughters and you hear somebody say, 'That's the worst kid I've ever seen.' It hurts your feelings." The prevailing sentiment is that Masters officials, by adding trees, rough and more than 400 yards, have taken some thrill from the event.
September 2, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
If several years of riotous color and digital prints in fashion has you seeing spots, and punk rock is not your thing, going back to black (and white) could be a welcome palette cleanser. What started last season on the spring runways with Marc Jacobs' graphic black-and-white nod to Mod has exploded into a full-blown craze for fall. New takes on this neat and tidy look include black-and-white ear cuffs from Roberto Cavalli, fur booties from Isabel Marant and even jeans from 3x1. But nobody did it better than Alexander Wang with his debut collection for Balenciaga, where he cast everyday wardrobe staples in the two most basic of hues - a black pencil skirt with silver clasps at the waist, a crisp white shirt with vent details at the shoulders and a pair of black boots with silver hardware, for example - and elevated them to classics, proving that some things do look better in black and white.
August 21, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Yelp Inc. was hoping to debunk misconceptions and ease business owners' concerns about the popular review website. Instead, many small-business owners at the company's town hall meeting in Hollywood on Tuesday slammed the site, venting their frustration at Yelp for aggressive advertising tactics and bogus reviews that they said hurt their businesses. "I have one-star reviews for my diner from people that have never walked into the place. They've never stepped foot, they've never tried the food, but they give me one-star reviews.
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