Understanding speech through the skin
A recent study by researchers at the University of Columbia in the UK found that skin can help in communication, just as the eyes help in understanding what others are talking about.
According to the researchers, this is due to the tactile cues that can be felt through the skin, such as airflows produced by sounds. According to those responsible for the study, sounds like "pa" and "ta" produce small, inaudible air gusts that allow tactile information in the same way as visual information.
The study was done with 22 people and the researchers have realized that when there are air gusts simultaneously with pronunciation, sounds like "ba" and "da" can be mistaken for "pa" and "ta." Researchers say this finding may be useful for future audio developments for the hearing impaired.
Further studies will be carried out to find out more information, but researchers already signal a breakthrough.
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