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Smart skin patch listens to your body sounds,

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from heart to gut.  New Scientist reports on a new “electronic tattoo” that picks up noises inside the human body, including “sounds made by the heart, muscles, and gastrointestinal tract.”  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign research team behind the electronic tattoo believe it “could be useful for monitoring a broad range of medically significant sounds,”  including “keep[ing] tabs on biological implants [and] alerting doctors to potential medical issues or mechanical failures.”

Link via @QuietMark.

An audiologist explains why noise is much more than a mere annoyance.

In “Why City Noise Is a Serious Health Hazard,” Eric Jaffe writes about noise in New York City.  His piece extensively quotes Craig Kasper, chief audiologist at New York Hearing Doctors, who notes how persistent noise complaints have been, citing a 1905 headline in the Times claiming New York to be “the noisiest city on earth.”  Kasper also discusses all of the ways in which noise adversely affects health and wellbeing (e.g., loss of sleep, anxiety, cardiovascular difficulties, etc.), adding that his patients “complain of loud restaurants the most.”  Oddly, this otherwise thoughtful piece concludes with Kasper stating that “noise adds to the charm of New York—and, really, any big city.”  It’s hard to accept that something as potentially damaging as noise can be described as charming.  Still, this short piece is worth a read.