Lasker Award Winners

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Lasker Award-winners Richard Scheller and Blake Wilson talk about the research that earned them this coveted science prize this year. Dr. Richard Scheller is receiving an award for discoveries concerning molecular machinery and regulatory mechanism that underlie the rapid release of neurotransmitters, and  Dr. Wilson is receiving an award for the development of the modern cochlear implant, a device that allows individuals with profound deafness to hear.


Richard Scheller and Blake Wilson

Comments [7]


My sister suffered total hearing in one ear, and was diagnosed with "sudden hearing loss." Is there any promising treatment for this, and what causes it?

Sep. 19 2013 12:57 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.

Sep. 19 2013 12:38 PM
Sarah from NYC


If Mr. Wilson is answering questions, I am interested in knowing if there is any new developments in helping people with nerve deafness. My daughter has single-sided deafness and wears a BAHA. She says it makes a difference, but it is not anything like her two-sided hearing used to be. She has particular trouble in noisy environments, which she'll be exposed to her whole life, of course.

Thanks you,

Sep. 19 2013 12:22 PM
Valerie from 11201

A question:
I lost my hearing on my right ear when I was 11 years old (after a graft that created an infection and destroyed the internal ear). I am now 46. Could an implant work on only 1 ear. My right ear is super good.

Thank you!

Sep. 19 2013 12:18 PM
Mary from ct

Yes, please ask about tinnitus.

Sep. 19 2013 12:17 PM

Any suggestions re: how to deal with ringing in the ear?

Sep. 19 2013 12:15 PM

Why do older people have trouble hearing conversations in loud public spaces?

Sep. 19 2013 12:12 PM

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