Hearing only with the brain?

Kalman Rubinson kr4 at nyu.edu
Tue Jul 27 20:22:59 EST 2004


On Tue, 27 Jul 2004 19:57:24 -0400, "Jeff" <kidsdoc2000 at hotmail.com>
wrote:

>
>"Curious" <curious11112001 at yahoo.com> wrote in message
>news:34a4f456.0407271322.3e5dc2fc at posting.google.com...
>> Is it possible for deaf patients to use an radio-frequency wireless
>> electronic device in their auditory cortex that convert the RF signals
>> into signals the brain would recognize as the intended audio signal?
>
>Doubtful. The auditory information is spread over too many neurons by the
>time it gets to the auditory cortex.

The efficacy certainly may be doubtful but it is likely that one can
evoke a predicitable auditory perception with electrodes on the
auditory cortex driven by an RF link.  Probably, no more or less
effective than similar attempts in the visual cortex.

Kal



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