The ear is the organ that picks up sounds, but it also makes noises of its own. Today: we hear about the sounds that the ear produces – and how emitting sounds plays an important role in hearing. Guests include Christopher A. Shera, associate professor of otology & laryngology at Harvard Medical School, and composer Jacob Kirkegaard, whose work “Labyrinthitis” incorporates those sounds.
We want to know what you liked and what you disliked on Ear Wars. And, what would you like us to discuss in the future? Send us an email (soundcheck at wnyc dot org) or post a comment below. Ear Wars returns this Wednesday, Feb. 2, when author Daniel Levitin explains how the brain decodes music.