03 December 2011

Interesting video from TedMed



  1. Deafened person here. Most of this video is beautiful. There is one piece that irks: you say if there is one handicap to choose, choose hearing loss. We've never seen this said before, and most would say to choose other things since hearing loss cuts out so much in the way of communications still, essential for relationships. Also, eyeglasses, for many years, do correct visual impairments; there is nothing (!) equal for hearing loss (as good a CI can be for some, not all).

    Music is a wonderful subject, thank you! and yes, we wish we could hear it still. It's a major loss for mega-millions of us with acquired hearing loss, with hearing aids or implants or not.

    We are curious about your view of allowing us to use the software at home to adjust our ha's and implants too one day? An experiment on this might be beautiful to try.

    Perhaps one day someone will invent quality captioning for music too! :-) - for those who can read music, it might accompany the speech-to-text translation (cc) on your good video, since as you say, some of us can still "hear" some music in our heads.

  2. Hi Deafened Person
    The video is included here as a 'republish' from the TED site. It's not mine.
    I thought it was indicative that work is underway to improve the perception of music for CI users. I must say I didn't pick up on the "handicap to choose" point, I thought the speaker was very sympathetic to CI users. Bear in mind there is not eye implant for blind people (yet) and the speaker and I would anticipate improved music perception in the future.
    But I think the biggest thing will be to understand HOW humans interpret music, differently to speech and other sound. Why is there this emotional interpretation? The Beauty.

    Interesting times coming, hopefully soon!
    Thanx for your comment!

  3. And regarding home software use
    I understand from sources that there is a possibility for individuals to manage their setups, but I haven't heard any more since earlier this year.
    I think it would be good on the one hand, but (as a computer support person) I can see the possibility of mayhem!

  4. Captioning
    In Australia, it's hard enough to get TV captioned. There is more captioning coming in cinemas but only after a concerted campaign and regulation by regulatory bodies. Woeful.

    One day there will be captions on-call. It'll be computer generated, and in your spoken language. The next step could be scored music captioning as well. The step after that - who knows! Interesting science fiction scenario!