TEDecember Day 03 – Building the musical muscle

Another pretty much random choice of a talk to watch, this one Charles Limb: Building the musical muscle) surprised me because it was not what I expected. From the title I expected something a bit more about the psychology of music or the brain’s perception of music, but what I got was a fairly detailed talk about cochlear implants as an approach to restoring hearing loss.

The main thrust of the talk was to demonstrate that while even the best current implants can greatly improve perception of speech, they fail miserably at all aspects of music – to the extent that many implant users find music co uncomfortable that they prefer not to listen to it.

Overall, I’m sure I learned something about the current state of hearing restoration surgery and its limitations, but this talk was not one which inspired me to think differently.