Deaf News: New device created which will enable Deaf people to hear with their TONGUES

Posted on January 20, 2015

At first glance, this story looks like a practical joke. But it’s been reported in the Telegraph, so there must be something in it.

It seems the next breakthrough in enabling deaf people to hear may involve not our ears, but our tongues. Read on…


Cochlear implants have had great success in restoring hearing to deaf patients, but the surgery is invasive, expensive and not everyone is a suitable candidate.

Now a team from Colorado State University are working on a device which will allow deaf people to ‘hear’ simply by touching their tongue against a small Bluetooth-enabled device.

“It’s much simpler than undergoing surgery and we think it will be a lot less expensive than cochlear implants,” said John Williams, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

“What we are trying to do is another form of sensory substitution.

“Cochlear implants are very effective and have transformed many lives, but not everyone is a candidate. We think our device will be just as effective but will work for many more people and cost less.”

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