The Sound of Our Bodies

We are aliveeee with the sooounds of our boooodiess!

This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.

From beats to burps, our bodily functions continuously make sounds – *RASPBERRY*… Wasn’t me… Anyway, changes or stops in bodily sounds can indicate a problem. What sort of problem?

Enter Jae-Young Yoo and team from Northwestern University. They created a device to measure our bodies’ uh… music.

The device can listen to multiple areas of your body using sensitive microphones. Even external noises are eliminated! It gently sticks to your skin and wirelessly transfers the data to your smartphone!

Seventy babies and adults, in either healthy condition or experiencing respiratory issues, tested the device. It detected issues such as stopped breathing. It was also just as accurate as larger devices used in the clinic! Even better, they offer the benefit of CONTINUOUS measurements!

With this device, we can map the function of organs and diagnose problems SOONER!

*Burp* Definitely shoulda taken some Tums SOONER.

Reference: Jae-Young Yoo, Seyong Oh, Wissam Shalish, Woo-Youl Maeng, Emily Cerier, Emily Jeanne, Myung-Kun Chung, Shasha Lv, Yunyun Wu, Seonggwang Yoo, Andreas Tzavelis, Jacob Trueb, Minsu Park, Hyoyoung Jeong, Efe Okunzuwa, Slobodanka Smilkova, Gyeongwu Kim, Junha Kim, Gooyoon Chung, Yoonseok Park, Anthony Banks, Shuai Xu, Guilherme M. Sant’Anna, Debra E. Weese-Mayer, Ankit Bharat, John A. Rogers. Wireless broadband acousto-mechanical sensing system for continuous physiological monitoring. Nature Medicine, 2023; DOI: 10.1038/s41591-023-02637-5