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Why doesn’t a sneeze blow ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Why doesn’t a sneeze blow the electrode array out of the ear? Asked by yours truly when he came down with a cold on Friday, four nights after implant surgery. The spee ... Read on »
The conversion of my website&rsq ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness The conversion of my website’s main page into a real blog is done. It’s now possible to subscribe to my posts with an RSS reader. (An RSS reader, such as Google Reader, ... Read on »
How do you mark the turning on o ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness How do you mark the turning on of an ear? Activation is a momentous event, biblical in scope: a thing that was dead is brought back to life. In the film Elmer Gantry the ... Read on »
This is going to be a quick entr ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness This is going to be a quick entry, since I’m on deadline today. Notes from yesterday: 1. Out of sheer curiosity, I plugged my right hearing aid into my ear and found t ... Read on »
So, on Day 3 after activating my ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness So, on Day 3 after activating my other ear, here’s what I know so far: 1. The implant works. Good strong neural response to all electrodes. 2. It can understand spe ... Read on »
In my second mapping session tod ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness In my second mapping session today we adjusted the right ear to give more current in the high-frequency electrodes. That makes speech crisper, and I can get occasional wo ... Read on »
I discovered the volume wheel la ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I discovered the volume wheel last night. With cochlear implants, a quantitative change creates a qualitative change. In other words, when I turn the volume up, it doesn ... Read on »
I’m listening to NPR with ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I’m listening to NPR with my right ear plugged into my computer. It’s the first day in 30 years that my right ear has heard anything other than vague risings and fallings ... Read on »
My Blackberry died quietly in th ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness My Blackberry died quietly in the night on Tuesday. I’d put it on my night-table, as usual. When I woke the screen was blank except for the characters JVM 523 and a rese ... Read on »
When I woke up on Monday my left ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness When I woke up on Monday my left ear – the one implanted since 2001 – sounded different. Gritty, hollow. My voice sounded remote and thin. When I moved a soda can on my ... Read on »
My latestTechnology Reviewarticl ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness My latest Technology Review article, Helping the Deaf Hear Music, came out today. This piece is about a new test, the Clinical Assessment of Music Perception (CAMP), that ... Read on »
Dear readers, I’ve been ru ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Dear readers, I’ve been running silent for a while because I had two deadlines last week, for Technology Review and The Journal of Life Sciences. I was also sick with a c ... Read on »
Windows is the operating system ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Windows is the operating system of the PC, but Google is quickly becoming the operating system of the world. I’ve found that I can’t write anymore without Google. I proba ... Read on »
Yesterday was an amazing day bec ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Yesterday was an amazing day because I inked deals for three speaking engagements: one at my alma mater Brown, one at a government policy conference near Yellowstone Park ... Read on »
My Two-Eared Party was this Satu ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness My Two-Eared Party was this Saturday, and about 25 people came despite it being a cold, rainy night. My friends held forth on acts of subversion, the thrills & tribulat ... Read on »
I was walking up one of San Fran ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I was walking up one of San Francisco’s many hills when I heard the shouting and laughing of children behind me. Behind me? How did I know that? Oh, right: I have t ... Read on »
I rode shotgun as Josh Swiller s ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I rode shotgun as Josh Swiller spoke at the California A.G. Bell ’s annual conference in Milpitas last Saturday. Josh had texted me the day before that there’d be protest ... Read on »
My latest story forTechnology Re ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness My latest story for Technology Review, The Networked Pill, came out this morning. It’s about a company named Proteus Biomedical that’s developing a pill that tells sensor ... Read on »
…in which I’m quote ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness …in which I’m quoted. It’s a fascinating story about the emerging prospect of replacing old cochlear implants with new models. Till now this subject has been more or les ... Read on »
Update: It looks like KQED will ... by Michael C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Update: It looks like KQED will air “Pop Music”, the Radiolab show in which I’m interviewed, at 8pm today, Pacific Time, March 5th. You can go to the KQED website at that ... Read on »