This Music App Wants to Improve Your Hearing
Is it possible to improve your capacity to hear sound? Earlogic's TSC Music App is exploring ways that we can "train" our ears to hear better.This article originally appeared on Motherboard
If you've got an iPhone (or iPhone, or iPad) and are looking to either improve your hearing or prevent hearing loss, you're in luck. A free new app called TSC Music can help.
Here's how it works: First, you put in your headphones—ideally the ones that came with your phone—and go somewhere quiet. Then, take a hearing test for each ear on five key frequency ranges, changing the faders in each one until you can just barely hear it. Then you can either play music already on your phone, stream it from YouTube, SoundCloud, or Spotify, or use TSC Music's (albeit limited) music library to play music, which the app will optimize for your personal hearing condition. (Additionally, Earlogic plans to add Apple Music, and other streaming services in the near future.)
After a few weeks or a month of daily use (for an hour or two a day) with these customized sound signals with your volume at 50-55 percent, your hearing capacity should improve. But don't take our word for it: you can do a "calibration" test again and see if the minimum audible sound on each frequency has improved.
The science behind the app is simple: sound causes the hair cells in the cochlea (the spiral-shaped cavity in the inner ear) to vibrate and send nerve signals to the brain, but the hair cells lose sensitivity over time. Earlogic says TSC technology actually detects the damaged hair cells, which can be stimulated and strengthened.