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With the development of adhesives that
stick nicely to flesh, some ambitious or
malevolent soul ought to be able to glue a
small iron filing onto each of your
eardrums. Replace your headphones with
a pair of tastefully-designed coils and, hey
presto, your eardrums become speaker
and you have your very own built-in
sound system. Only you would hear the
music (eliminating the irritating tssk-
tssk---tssk from conventional
headphones) - unless you cranked the
volume up high (in which case you could
achieve the impressive effect of having
Kylie Minogueue coming out of your ears).
||Basepair, you fool! You'd need to keep
the coils in a fixed position relative to
your eardrums or the sound would get
||Good point. It may be necessary to
implant the coils in the fleshy bit of the
ear. Thanks for pointing that out.
||So the fleshy part of the ear serves as the speaker cone?
||Could your original idea be used to help people suffering from hardening of the eardrum? (if such a thing exists)
||Robinism - no, the plan was that the
eardrum acts as the cone (I guess
speakers generally have a fixed magnet
and have the coil on the cone, but it
seemed easier the other way round). I
don't know about hardening of the
eardrum, but you'd probably experience
some interesting bass if you walked too
close to an overhead powerline....