How We Hear Speech

Our very brief introduction for lay people to the science of speaking and hearing speech.

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Our ears are our gateway to the world - and to each other.

Hearing speech is a pretty amazing faculty. It allows us to enter into telepathic communication with fellow human beings by exchanging “invisible vibrations”. Most of us take this completely magical ability for granted and rarely stop to wonder how incredible it is. But imagine you lost the ability to hear the speech of others over night. Can you picture how lonely your world would become...

But enough of the sad stuff, the purpose of this quick guide to hearing speech is to celebrate how wonderful, and also how strange and peculiar, our ability to speak and to hear speech really is. So let's get started.