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’s been developed by Jay Rubinstein and his colleagues at the University of Washington and the University of Iowa. It measures how well cochlear implant users hear the basic components of music: pitch, timbre, and melody. As it happens, I was one of the subjects in early trials of CAMP, and I talk about my experience in the piece. The highlight, though, is the extraordinary score posted by John Redden, a deaf musician: 100%. How John did it is still something of a mystery and, I hope, a portent of the future.
And maybe there’s some cosmic rule that when you write, you get written about. In today’s New York Times there’s an article titled Cochlear Implant Supports an Author’s Active Life. No, it’s not about me. It’s about Josh Swiller, author of The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa. But Josh was nice enough to mention that he read my book while making the decision to get the implant. Thanks, Josh, and congratulations on the publicity.