hearing with the skinDiscussion about a study on this fact.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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When you listen to a sound, espeically a loud sound, you also feel a vibration on your skin. So whenever you go to to a club or a dance, or anywhere there is loud music, you are hearing with your skin. It adds to the experience. Try it sometime!
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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Hearing by ears is a process in which sound waves carried by air impact the physical components of the hearing system in specific ways which are then translated by the hearing mechanism in neural impulses, and these neural impulse are then interpreted or perceived as specific sound.

It is now ell known that perception of all kinds including visual, audio, touch, and taste is not 100 percent representation of the reality that impacts the organs of senses. The mind has a way of modifying this reality in several ways. Thus our perception of sound is also modified by what we see while hearing, and also what we feel through our skin. In this way it can be said that we hear also by our eyes and skin.

The skin is able to hear in another direct way also.Sound waves are physical vibrations which can be felt by the skins sense of touch. Usually we are not conscious of the effect of sound waves on our skin. But the effect is there and depending on skins sensitivity to these vibrations, sounds can be felt by the skin also. The effect may not be exactly like that of hearing, but technically may be classified as hearing.

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giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Sensations felt in the skin, influence the way people perceive sounds, according to a study made by Canadian researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, recently published in the journal Nature.

Canadian researchers have discovered that a series of "bursts" of air,of low-intensity and which can not be heard, but that accompany certain sounds, influenced how participants from this study were hearing the sounds.

According to scientists, this study revealed that audio and video elements are not the only important factors that determine the way people hear.