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Neurophone - Real or Not???

Radium glucegen at excite.com
Wed Sep 24 04:02:05 EST 2003

Kalman Rubinson <kr4 at nyu.edu> wrote in message news:<ev3umvkbj88ovkhkcd5qckr87jd3j4u8n3 at 4ax.com>...
> >"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).

Can't blame you.

> >> 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.

Check out: http://www.priory.com/halluc.htm#pseudo

"Radio-reception. A 35 year old Vietnam combat, veteran (32) started
to complain of depression, headaches, and hearing blurred voices and
music. Skull X-rays showed shrapnel metallic densities in the soft
tissues and cranial bones of the left parieto-occipital region. His
perception of voices and music were matched with stations in the AM
broadcast band, and consistently identified the same station in the
560 Khz range. His radio- reception involved the metal implant diode
rectification of the radio signal, and its bone transmission to the
auditory apparatus. Other cases of broadcast reception due to dental
work have been reported as well."
> >> 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.
Any hope for future musical entertainment directly within the auditory

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