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Toward better representations of sound with cochlear implants

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Figure 1: The RTI team in 1986.
Figure 2: Members of the RTI team in 2001, along with a research subject and his wife.
Figure 3: The payoff: what the intervention and associated technology can do for deaf and severely hearing-impaired persons.


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The principal support for our work was provided by the NIH. This support included funding for the seven projects described in this essay plus additional projects also in the field of cochlear implants. Further financial and other support was provided by the RTI, Duke University, UCSF, the University of Iowa, MED-EL, Cochlear Americas, Advanced Bionics and the Storz Instrument Company. Of course, we could not have done anything without our research subjects, and we were blessed with some of the best. Indeed, we were continually amazed by their engagement in the studies, and by their generosity in spending time with us and in helping to improve the human condition. Many sponsors, research subjects, administrators, collaborating investigators and colleagues at the cochlear-implant companies made essential contributions to our shared efforts. The most important source of support for me is my wonderful family. We have had spectacularly good times together, and my wife and our two daughters have tolerated with gracious good humor my 'daydreams' and my time away in intense work or protracted travel. I am so very lucky.

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Wilson, B. Toward better representations of sound with cochlear implants. Nat Med 19, 1245–1248 (2013).

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