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Surprise! Your Skin Can Hear

• LiveScience
We not only hear with our ears, but also through our skin, according to a new study.

The finding, based on experiments in which participants listened to certain syllables while puffs of air hit their skin, suggests our brains take in and integrate information from various senses to build a picture of our surroundings. 

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Comment by Ed Price
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Haven't heard of the neurophone? It's been around for years (decades).

"In 1958, at the age of fourteen, while living in Bellaire, Texas, Flanagan invented the Neurophone, an electronic nervous system excitation device that transmits sound through the skin directly to the brain, for which he received U.S. patent no.3,393,279 in 1968. The invention earned him a profile in Life magazine, which called him a "unique, mature and inquisitive scientist". In 1968 the invention was further improved by the development of a means of simplifying speech waveforms, for which he received U.S. patent no.3,647,970, which allowed the device to produce clear sound at lower power levels. Flanagan has continued to develop the neurophone and it is currently being sold as an aid to speed learning."