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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Nano-implant could help deaf hear music

Scientists are developing a cochlear implant which could allow deaf people to hear music. Existing implants allow people to listen easily to speech, but not music, but a team at the UK's National Physical Laboratory have developed a device with a wider frequency range, which improves musical appreciation. They are working with researchers in the nanotechnology group at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, UK, to develop a version which is significantly smaller, so it can fit into the cochlear. more . . .