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Super Hearing

Right now I’m listening to the Hear App on the train. Here’s what the “Super Hearing” mic is picking up and distorting:

  • The old man coughing a few seats down
  • A father and son talking about the fastest route to the museum
  • The sounds of a millennial folding a newspaper, no less
  • My own breathing/yawning
  • The train conductor’s announcement(s)
  • The squinching of the seat when someone sits down
  • The beeps of the train doors opening and closing

Listening to the Hear App is like being in an iMax theater.

But then I step outside for a walk…🚶

My sneezes sound like explosions, echoing between left and right eardrums. A coin drop ripples. Human voices chirp and crows talk. Bus wheels make beats. The fire trucks blast like a rave.

But this is not dubstep.

With Hear, the discreet becomes audible. Hear brings us closer to life’s subtle sounds.

Augmented reality may be the future but it’ll feel incomplete without augmented sound.

Bonus vibes: keep the app on while listening to music.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.