It occurs to me that hearing could be advanced by looking at animals’ ears and seeing what could be done to correct their hearing loss. Hearing-aids are one route. Cochlear implants and BAHA (bone-anchored hearing-aid) may be more practical. Unfortunately they are very expensive in humans – £40,000 each, but that is because of the expertise needed to help the person receiving it to learn to talk again. In humans, cochlear implant gives you five notes on a range and your voice sounds slightly electronic. If you have never had hearing or lost it, being able to hear your own voice is such a great event! How much would it be for a dog or other animal? Presumably the more intelligent the animal, the more benefit it will be.
It’s just another way of taking hearing experience forward. Vets could liaise with Doctors and they could both learn. The animal and the human end user would benefit. Besides there must be a lot of pets out there who would be happier if they could hear again.
What do you think?
- What is the Difference Between Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants? (healthyhearing.com)
- My journey to a cochlear implant (spottedsun.com)