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Miracle of Nature

Logo - 250pxThe Miracle of Nature is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (EIN 26-4000283) dedicated to celebrating the wonder and beauty of nature. We will accomplish our mission by supporting an array of nature-oriented projects, with an initial focus on the voices of the natural world.

Hear Birds Again

hearbirdsagain.org.

Our current flagship project is disability-related in that it addresses high frequency hearing loss due to aging (presbycusis), which makes it difficult if not impossible for older bird enthusiasts to hear the high-pitched songs and calls of warblers, sparrows, waxwings, and numerous other birds. To remedy this situation, we are developing Hear Birds Again, an iOS application for mobile devices that will lower the pitch of high singers into a range where the user’s hearing is still intact, thereby allowing users to once again enjoy the uplifting songs of their beloved wild birds.

Presbycusis – age-related hearing loss

Diagram showing presbycusis, hearing loss due to aging

To accomplish our goal, a special “binaural headset” must be worn, which will allow users to not only detect pitch-lowered songs in 3D space, but also accurately judge their directions and distances, and then go find the singers.
Lang wearing binaural headset among ginkgo leaves - © Lang Elliott

“I’m so happy to hear the high-pitched bird songs again!”

Future Projects

We are entertaining a number of project possibilities, including the following:

  • The Voices of Nature Video Library
  • Listening to Nature: A Beginner’s Guide
  • Binaural Soundscapes from across North America
  • Voices of the Night (a binaural audio experience)
  • Frogs and Toads of North America
  • Common Birds and Their Songs
  • Birding by Habitat

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