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date: 25 June 2022

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This chapter analyzes the cochlear implant as a new acoustic medium. An introductory essay places cochlear implants in a longer tradition of experimentation with the electrical stimulation of hearing. This historical survey is paired with an interview Mills conducted with Charles Graser, an early research subject who field-tested several implant models beginning in the 1970s. Excerpts from Graser’s journals and field notes are included, which detail his novel acoustic experiences and his attempts to domesticate the technology.

Keywords: cochlear implants, Charles Graser, human research subjects, neurotechnology, media and disability, electroacoustics

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