Deaf Brains Are Different Than Hearing Brains

Friday, September 26, 2014

In her new book, I Can Hear You Whisper, journalist Lydia Denworth writes about choosing to get a cochlear implant for her deaf son.


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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.

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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.

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Why I Can't Hear You

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Katherine Bouton, an editor at the New York Times, talks about gradually losing her hearing, and why audiologists say we’re experiencing a national epidemic of hearing impairment. At present, 17 percent of the population suffers some degree of hearing loss—and it’s not exclusively a product of growing old. In Shouting Won’t Help: Why I—and 50 Million Other Americans—Can’t Hear You looks at the problem personally, psychologically, and physiologically.

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Hearing Things That Aren't Really There

Monday, November 26, 2012

Hallucinations is the title of Dr. Oliver Sacks' latest book, and in it he presents hundreds of case studies and stories about those who see, hear, feel and even smell things that aren't really there. We talk with Dr. Sacks about the phenomenon of aural hallucinations of phantom voices, music, and sounds -- which, he says, is much more common than most would think, and often isn't related to mental illness. 

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Kambri Crews on Her Memoir Burn Down the Ground

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Kambri Crews discusses her unconventional childhood with deaf parents in rural Texas. Her memoir, Burn Down the Ground, recounts how, as a child, she had wished she'd been born deaf so that she could also be part of the tight-knit Deaf community that embraced her parents, but she witnessed how the isolation at accompanied her father's deafness unlocked a fierce temper.

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