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Hear and There: On the Oscars, Celebrity Ears, and Other Tidbits in Hearing Healthcare

Scheck, Anne

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ACADEMY AWARD FOR HEARING DEVICE

It's true that the weep-inducing film version of Les Misérables didn't take home all the Oscar gold of early predictions, but it did prove one thing: Best supporting actress Anne Hathaway sure knows how to use an earpiece, among all her other talents. Unlike in past movie musicals, the actors used tiny listening devices to hear piano accompaniment so they could sing live as the cameras rolled. The instrumentalist watched the live performance on a monitor so that the actors could show with their movements where the melody and tempo should come, according to the movie's production notes.

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THOSE LIPS, THOSE EYES … THOSE EARS?

Speaking of awards, the honor of the actor with the most publicly recognizable pair of ears has been announced, and the winner is … Will Smith. The actor joins a list of stars who have a feature so striking it's become a signature trait. Also on the roster are Jay Leno's chin and Steven Tyler's lips, which were dubbed “naturally grotesque.” Smith doesn't have to worry that he actually has the most prominent celebrity ears, however. That designation unquestionably belongs to a mouse named Mickey.

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RED CARPET READY EARS

Fashionistas, take note: The ear cuff has arrived! Some have even been seen on celebrities that stroll the red carpet. It's a surefire attention grabber, even if your only claim to fame is being the first of your friends to don a pair. Coverings that encompass the entire ear—bejeweled and in rainbow colors—are available for truly bold trendsetters.

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IT'S IN HIS … EARLOBE PULL?

When it comes to flirting, sending those body language signals that indicate interest stereotypically has been more straightforward for women than for men. Now comes the news that males use a telltale sign indicative of serious flirting that's easy to spot: earlobe rubbing. That's right: It is said that If a guy pulls on his earlobe, he is intrigued by his new companion. The exception is a developing earache, which incites the gesture in both genders.

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ALL LOBES FOR MASSAGE

Ever hear of ear aerobics? How about yoga for ears? If the answer to those questions is no, then maybe some self-education about the gentle art of ear massage is in order. There is a load of advice to be found on the Internet. “Rubbing your ears sends happy feelings into your body by triggering the release of brain endorphins,” according to one practitioner. No word on whether this is related to the feelings that flirtation can induce (see above).

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