I can hear you now!!
September 9, 2013 9:48 AM Subscribe
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The 2013 Lasker Awards were announced today
. Often called the "American's Nobels", they recognize the contributions of scientists, physicians, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of human disease. Included in today's crop of recipients are Dr. Graeme M. Clark, Dr. Ingeborg Hochmair, and Blake S. Wilson who were awarded their prizes for developing the modern cochlear implant.
Initially conceived in the 1950s, cochlear implants have a fascinating history
(detailed in a terrific paper by Blake Wilson). They have inspired controversy and vigorous debate
as to whether or not they pose a threat to deaf culture
. And of course, they have inspired an internet/YouTube mini-phenomenon: videos of people of all ages having their cochlear implants
activated for the first time. (Previously