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Report: Audiologists Doubtful Sound Can Be Used as a Weapon — a Theory in Cuba Attacks

Report: Audiologists Doubtful Sound Can Be Used as a Weapon — a Theory in Cuba Attacks
Cubans look out their window across the street from the newly reopened U.S. Embassy in hopes of watching the flag-raising ceremony Aug. 14, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 20 September 2017 08:42 PM

Audiologists are skeptical sound can be used as a weapon as some reports have indicated is happening to U.S. diplomats in Cuba, Mashable reported.

Twenty-one U.S. victims have been confirmed, with some reporting hearing loss or concussions, while others have suffered headaches, nausea or ear-ringing. Some are struggling with common word recall and concentration, according to an AP report released Monday.

The AP story said inaudible sound was investigated as a possible reason, but an expert who spoke to Mashable said that was not likely.

"The problem is that infrasound is very, very diffuse, and so it's not something you can really point at a particular building and localize to a particular embassy," said Colleen LePrell, a professor of hearing and science at the University of Texas in Dallas.

Ultrasound waves, LePrell said, would only harm someone if the machine they were being transmitted with was right next to its target as the waves cannot get through barriers like infrasound waves can.

There are no concrete results, either, that using ultrasound and infrasound as weapons would work according to researchers and military units who have explored it.

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