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Release: Sept. 16, 1999
Gfeller to speak at 'Saturday Scholars: Tailgating
for the Mind' Sept. 18
IOWA CITY, Iowa Adults who develop profound
hearing loss are faced with obvious challenges to spoken communication. Those
who receive cochlear implants are able to perceive speech, but many are beginning
to ask for more. Kate Gfeller, Ph.D., will address the changing needs among
cochlear implant recipients during her presentation, "Do You Hear What I Hear:
Music Perception Through a Bionic Ear" on Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m., 40
"The cochlear implant works differently from conventional
hearing aids, which essentially amplify sound," said Gfeller. "Rather, the
implant filters specific features of the sound wave that are considered especially
important to speech perception, and transmits them to the auditory nerve."
Cochlear implant research and development initially
focused on speech perception, but recently more attention is being given to
"Some cochlear implant recipients say that being able
to enjoy music again would help them to feel more 'normal,' and more a part
of society," said Gfeller.
Gfeller is a professor with a joint appointment in
the School of Music and department of speech pathology & audiology. She
is a member of the Iowa Cochlear Implant Team in the department of otolaryngology,
head and neck surgery, UIHC and principal investigator for the Music Perception
and Enjoyment Project of the multi-project Iowa Cochlear Implant Grant.
Also, Gfeller was selected as the Visiting Humanities
Professor for the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and has
been the recipient of the Burlington Northern Faculty Excellence Award, which
is awarded for outstanding excellence in bringing together scholarship and
teaching. She joined the Iowa faculty in 1985.
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