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Neurophone - Real or Not???

Kalman Rubinson kr4 at nyu.edu
Tue Sep 23 03:30:21 EST 2003

>"Radium" <glucegen at excite.com> wrote in message
>news:pgpmoose.200309151057.15841 at net.bio.net...
>> I have read about the neurophone which claims to produce auditory
>> perception through nerve stimulation. Something to do with electric
>> signals of certain frequencies being sensed as sound by the brain.

Doubt it but I've forgotten most of what I've heard(!) about the
Neurophone (intentionally).

>> Science proves that temporal bone vibration can be used to cause
>> auditory pseudohallucinations.

Not 'pseudohallucinations.'  It's entirely possible to stimulate the
haircells with temporal (or any cranial) bone vibration.

>> As far as direct electric nerve stimulation the only sound you could
>> possibly hear is the frying of nerves and other tissues by the
>> electrically-generated heat. Along with that maybe paralysis,
>> numbness, and death. Music is totally out of the question.

Nerves cannot fire at more than 1KHz at the very most, so any direct
stimulation would be bandwidth limited.  In addition, it is unlikely
that peripheral nerve stimulation (<1Khz) will reach auditory cortex.
That said, direct stimulation is a standard diagnostic tool for
testing peripheral nerves.


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