Eleven and a half things! Thing two – another dull entry…
Greetings one and all! This entry is a part of a summer learning project called 11 and a half things, run by the lovely people at the Royal Free Library in Hampstead –
To that end my mission was to find a vaguely relevant web-log as I am told they are called, and spread the word about it. Unfortunately for some reason the ancient UCL browser does not seem to give me the “Pressthis” feature that one might get elsewhere so here is the link to “the DeafBlog” –
They say “This blog’s main focus is on cochlear and baha implants and the impact they have in helping both young and old to hear.” The whole issue of cochlear implants is however highly cotroversial for the Deaf community. Many of them have seen the implants as a cultural attack and ethically unsound that would lead to the “death of deafness” but there has been something of a softening of this view in recent years (see Christiansen and Leigh, ‘The dilemma of pediatric cochlear implants’, The Deaf Way II Reader, 2006). It is now recognised that implanted children will still need support and help and that the CI will not necessarily cut them off from the Deaf community.
I am pretty sure that over at the Grumpy old deafies pages, the view would not be as conciliatory –
They are very much exercised by anything seen as an attack on the Deaf community. This is not the place for a Deaf/deaf discussion –
There is a good ENT blog here –
They highlight the recent story that there are clinical trials going on in Australia about using botulinum toxin type A injections in the vocal cords as a treatment for asthma sufferers, to relax the voice box and reduce the feeling of breathlessness. Amazing!
Finally a letter in the British Dental Journal 210, 462 – 463 (2011) which may make CIs redundant (?)
“A company in the USA has developed a hearing aid which picks up sound from a microphone located behind the ear and wirelessly transmits these data to a removable intra-oral prosthesis. The intra-oral prosthesis is attached to the patient’s maxillary molar teeth and converts these data into vibrational energy via micro actuators which in turn is picked up by the cochleae bypassing the middle ear all by conduction of bone. It is intended for patients with ‘single sided deafness, conductive hearing loss or mixed hearing loss’ and is the first non-surgical and removable hearing prosthesis which transmits sound via teeth. The company claims it delivers high-fidelity sound and eliminates the need for surgically placed cochlear implants.”
[Published online: 27 May 2011 | doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2011.391]
I should perhaps explain that I am at the Ear Institute & RNID Libraries…