Woman describes hearing sound for the first time at age 40. I remember back in the 90's when they first pioneered those devices. There was a great episode of Nova about the first person who received the implant. 

I can't wait until an implant allows for greater sensitivity than our natural organ. Can you imagine getting artificial ears and eyes? Seeing new colors, hearing new sounds? These thoughts make me happy.


Also, science > Jesus. Science actually does the miracles claimed in the bible.

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Comment by Grinning Cat on April 9, 2014 at 5:08pm

Extremely rarely, a woman might have a fourth type of cone cell in the retina, giving greatly increased color differentiation compared to people with three types of cones.


Comment by Luara on April 9, 2014 at 2:29pm

There are devices for seeing in infrared. 

Maybe also in ultraviolet.  I would like that.  Bees can see some ultraviolet, and there are flowers that have ultraviolet colors to communicate with bees. 

Comment by Michael Penn on April 6, 2014 at 7:13pm

At least this is a good post. It wasn't Jebus putting mud in somebodies ears. That method does not work.

Comment by sflmac on April 6, 2014 at 8:51am

I am profoundly deaf since birth due Rubella Epidemic 1964 -1965.  Today new technology for hearing known as sound implants or Cochlear implants won't work well with me.  If  baby born with profoundly deaf today then can implants in very early age but I am against it because forced implant is against child's will.

If person with hear loss or hard of hearing then it will be working well with implants but require extensive speech and sound therapy. The risk of implants is defective  products can cause health hazard . I saw lot of people gave up cochlear implants after several years due many reasons.

I am almost  50 in June. I am so happy who I am without sound. I love my life.

Comment by Čenek Sekavec on April 5, 2014 at 5:27pm

These 1st generation implants aren't very sophisticated.

But imagine this: you have an app on your phone that controls your hearing. in a concert you configure maximal frequency response but low amplitude. During the drive to work you have a preset so that all input first passes through a band pass filter eliminating road noise. Your electronic eyes are set to sense when you are driving into the sun and reduce intensity. You can see the infrared spectrum at night. And your natural eyes and ears were removed at birth to make way for the new organs so your brain learned how to use them from day one - no adjustment shock. 

I like to think that this is where humanity is going.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 5, 2014 at 2:26pm

Sven, I believe I may have seen the same documentary as you.  As I remember, it focused on a married couple, both deaf.  The hearing implants were both a revolution and a curse for them.  Hearing sound for the first time was an enlightening experience, but at the same time, as Luara points outs, the everyday background noise that we take for granted and are able to dismiss, was a constant and focused irritation.  If I recall, one of the two completely gave up using the implants.  

For me, it was a very moving documentary.  As a lover of music, I can't imagine my life without the aural pleasure of music.  For the two persons in the documentary, music heard through the implants was nothing more than irritable, indistinguishable noise.  I felt very sorry for them.        

Comment by Luara on April 5, 2014 at 1:17pm

Can you imagine getting artificial ears and eyes? Seeing new colors, hearing new sounds?

Except that things that are just irritating now, like traffic, airplanes, endlessly repeated recordings at intersections, might become a torment with super-good hearing ...  Often it's more like having bad hearing is a boon.

Comment by Sven Andersson on April 5, 2014 at 12:45pm

I saw a documentary about this. Apparenty, people with such implants who have never heard often stop using the devices because it is too difficult to interpret the sensory input, and also recognize/remember what makes which sound. It becomes mostly a distraction, so they seem to prefer the silence they have always lived in. If I dare to speculate, I suppose its like suddenly seeing the fifth dimension, or something.   

Comment by Michael Penn on April 5, 2014 at 9:50am

It is amazing. The advancements of science in my lifetime have been mind boggling.



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