We were surprised to learn that some researchers are looking at flies (the insect) to help develop better hearing aids. According to a study from the University of Toronto, a fly known as Ormia ochracea has an amazing sense of directional hearing.
“These flies have highly specialized ears that provide the most acute directional hearing of any animal,” says Andrew Mason, professor of biology at University of Toronto Scarborough. “The mechanism that makes their hearing so exceptional has even led to a range of bio-inspired technology, like the mini directional microphones used in hearing aids.”
Read more about this research on the Science Daily website: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170515111136.htm
Researchers discovered that in the Ormia, both of their eardrums are connected to each other, making it easy for the fly to know the direction of a sound. For people with hearing loss, determining the direction a sound is coming from can be difficult, but as technology improves, we may learn other cool things from nature that help make the right break through.
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Written By John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator