Cyborg Tech for Super-Hearing: Cochlear Implants Near the Tipping Point
Cochlear implants have successfully restored hearing to thousands of deaf individuals.
With steady advances in microelectronics, their footprint has shrunk to the point where a fully implantable hearing device is now a reality — the microphone can even be put under the skin…
As we learn how the brain achieves [its] fantastic feats of signal processing, and how to work with [its] innate mechanisms, these areas will become [potential] strengths of the implant, rather than weaknesses.
At [what point will people] begin to ask the inevitable question — what if you don’t have to lose your hearing to get an implant?
(via Upgrade your ears: Elective auditory implants give you cyborg hearing | ExtremeTech)