Santa Fe Alliance for Science presents

Bionic Hearing: The Science and the Experience




Ticket Info

Admission: Free

Event Description

Cochlear implants are the first device to successfully restore neural function. They have instigated a popular but controversial revolution in the treatment of deafness, and they serve as a model for research in neuroscience and biomedical engineering. In this talk the physiology of natural hearing will be reviewed from the perspective of a physicist, and the function of cochlear implants will be described in the context of historical treatments, electrical engineering, psychophysics, clinical evaluation of efficacy and personal experience. The social implications of cochlear implantation and the future outlook for auditory prostheses will also be discussed.

Admission is Free. Youth (ages 13-19) seating a priority. Light refreshments will be served.

Ian will also appear on the Santa Fe Radio Café with host Mary-Charlotte Domandi at 8 AM the day of the Café, on KSFR 101.1 FM and streaming on the web at

Ian is a particle physicist and a Professor of Physics at Oxford University. He has been profoundly deaf since 1989. In 2002 he heard the voice of his daughter for the first time, and his wife's voice for the first time in thirteen years, thanks to a cochlear implant.

The Cafés are sponsored by the Santa Fe Alliance for Science, the Santa Fe Public Schools, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, the Fractal Foundation and the Santa Fe Institute.