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What can be done to help with hyperacusis?
Have you explored the possibility of a cochlear implant?
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I have, Julie, thanks for asking. I'm a candidate for implants in both ears. I'm sure a cochlear implant would be helpful for speech, which would be amazing, but my first language is music (I was a professional singer until I lost the use of my second ear in 2015). After speaking with a number of people who have implants, and talking about their experiences with music, it doesn't seem like the right fit for me. Holding out for a cure in the distant future might never pan out, but the research being done by companies like Frequency Therapeutics and Otonomy gives me hope. Even Elon Musk has jumped in with Neuralink, which seems like more of a concept at this point than anything close to reality, but if you had asked people fifteen years ago whether Musk would really be able to privatize rocket manufacturing and have SpaceX rockets flying NASA astronauts into space, I think most people would have been skeptical.
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