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“Lend me your ears, and I’ll sing you a song.” Paul McCartney’s beautiful sentiment seems to exclude those who can’t hear, but new technologies are rapidly changing the reality of hearing loss. Cochlear implants, often referred to as bionic ears, are devices designed to enhance speech perception for people with severe hearing loss. Can this technology restore musical enjoyment as well? Is music heard through cochlear devices still the same music, or music at all? The nature and meaning of this auditory experience form the basis of innovative research combining otolaryngology, communications, and music. In this program, University of Iowa professor Kate Gfeller reports on her pioneering research, including how people who use bionic ears to perceive and respond to music.
This program is generously underwritten by Rose L. Shure and is presented in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Iowa.