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Neurophone - Real or Not???

Radium glucegen at excite.com
Fri Sep 19 03:19:24 EST 2003

"Peter Weis" <p.weis at email.dk> wrote in message news:<bka0f2$glv$1 at news.cybercity.dk>...
> "Radium" <glucegen at excite.com> wrote in message
> news:464c821f.0309161808.4bc33b9d at posting.google.com...
> > Cochlear implants stimulate the peripheral auditory nerve-endings in
> > the cochlea. Electric signals excite these nerve endings
> >
> > The neurophone is said to work differently -- by using electric
> > signals on any nerve in the body. At a specific frequency this is
> > supposed to stimulate the auditory cortex of the brain. This,
> > according to Flantech, causes a perception of sound. Isn't this too
> > good to be true, given the state of today's technology?
> In that case, I don't know the system.
> I have, however, found a sentimental report on
> http://www.worldtrans.org/spir/neuro.html, about a deaf person being
> able to appreciate the special qualities of Maria Callas's voice. That
> sounds too good to be true. Such technology would make the
> manufacturer immensely rich in a very short time ... if it worked. And
> there has been plenty of time to develop it into a product, as the
> event took place in 1970.
> So I am a little sceptical - but we'll see.
> 15 years ago, there were vibro-tactile aids commercially available,
> which stimulated the skin mechanically. But they lost the battle to
> cochlear implants, due to fewer success-stories.
> best regards
> Peter

Neither vibro-tactile aids nor cochlear implants involve direction
excitation of the CNS.

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