Listening may seem like a very natural and easy process, the popularity of podcast attests to this strongly, but from a neuroscientific point of view, it is still a very complex process that we are coming to grips with piece by piece. As always one of the best ways to understand a process is to find examples in the world where a person’s ability to listen is ‘malfunctioning’. Antje Ihlefeld is an expert on how the cochlear implant can be used in research to better our understanding of listening. Her work particularly focuses on people who can hear but their hearing struggles as the scene in front of them gets more complex and distractors are all around. We also have a sample of what it is like to hear with a cochlear implant thanks to the guest at the end of the episode.
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