Hear & Now


MUSE Magazine May-June 2021.  The science—and experience—of hearing and hearing loss. Plus stories about sound design, acoustic architecture, and the harrowing history of the saxophone.

Hear ye, hear ye! This ear-opening edition of MUSE Magazine takes a good look at how we hear. Listen up as you learn about music, sound-effects, the speed of sound, and the technologies we’ve developed for people who are hard of hearing.


Whether you know someone with hearing loss and want to communicate better or you’re just interested in the inner workings of our ears, MUSE has you covered. Learn how we can shape the world to help things sound better, use implants to help people hear better, and use special effects to make movies better. Plus, look back at the development of instruments, see how fast sound travels, and meet some pioneers on the forefront of taking sound to the next wave.


Enjoy features including:

  • How to Invent an Instrument by Jeremy A. Wall
  • Can You Please Lower Your Voice by Lori Samlin Miller
  • Learning to Hear by Melissa L. Weber
  • Deaf Friends by Melanie Ashford
  • Meet Me at the Whispering Spot by Brittany Moya del Pino

Regular features include Parallel U, Muse Mail, Muse News, Hands-on, Photo Op, Science @ Work, Q&A, Do the Math, Your Tech, Contest, and Last Slice.