A Journey through the Science of Sound and Language

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

When journalist Lydia Denworth's third son, Alex, was nearly two, he was diagnosed with significant hearing loss that was likely getting worse, a discovery that left her reeling. Her book I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language is an investigation into the science of hearing, child language acquisition, neuroplasticity, brain development, and Deaf culture, as a mother strives to find answers for her deaf son.


Lydia Denworth

Comments [3]

Elliot talk about a population/community, but don't provide us access to that conversation via a transcript?

May. 13 2014 11:10 PM
Sher from lower Manhattan

Some years ago, the wondeful program, This American Life, presented a program on hearing as "Touch at a Distance" - so enlightening as to the emotional, social, developmental functions of hearing to create and solidify social bonds. Please look it up if you aren't familiar.

Apr. 23 2014 01:40 PM

An acquaintance, with only one aid-able ear, said he could discriminate voices in noisy environments better if he used a second hearing aid on his one ear and placed the second mic on a table.
Apparently the brain is capable of decoding echo and wave phase difference information, from the one ear, to locate a source in a space, even without the second ear to cue direction.
This may be something learned in infancy, so that it might not work in this case.

Apr. 23 2014 01:39 PM

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