Hearing With Your Tongue? Sounds Weird?


If the blind can read with their fingers, with braille, scientists say they can also teach the deaf to hear with their tongues.

Tongue Mapping Research at Colorado State University has found that a new device works similarly to a cochlear implant, but where an implant sends electric impulses to the auditory nerve where the brain recognizes these impulses as useful information, CSU’s device sends these impulses to a mouthpiece packed with electrodes via Bluetooth. By pressing their tongue against the mouthpiece, users can feel impulses as tingling or vibration. Researchers hope that with training the brain will be able interpret specific patterns as words, effectively turning a tongue into ears.

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