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Rebuilt: My Journey Back to the Hearing World Paperback – May 19, 2006
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Chorost had had impaired hearing since childhood, and it gave out entirely in 2001 when he was 36 years old. Because it was a problem within his inner ear and his auditory nerves themselves were intact, he was a candidate to get a cochlear implant. It is not a simple amplifier like a hearing aid is, but a direct stimulator of the nerves that go from the cochlea to the brain. He was distressed when it finally was turned on. "Everything sounds awful," he reports. There was a roaring sound, and everything else was muddy and incomprehensible. It got much better, and in strange ways that raise fascinating questions about sensation. For instance, the electrode array cannot stimulate the cochlea in the way it was used to, and there is a problem of frequency mismatch. A user perceives that the entire auditory spectrum is shifted into high; that was one reason that Chorost couldn't, that first day, tell a woman's voice from a man's. His own voice sounded too high, too.Read more ›
As a cochlear implant user myself,( I have the same device), I have read many books on the subject that gave me a good idea of what to expect. I have yet to read a "CI" book that reflected such deep emotions and struggles and fears. Michael's abstract grasp of his fears in being a "cyborg" has been artfully woven into this book. Madly humorous at times, his love life takes on a life of its own as he deals with his "speech processor".
There are no guarantees with a cochlear implant. There is tantilizing promise. "Rebuilt" takes you along on a journey of that promise, I have lived it myself and am still in awe of it today.
But what nudges this book into extraordinary is Chorost's ability to write about post-modern literary theory, the intricate technology of his device, and the computational theory of mind and somehow make it a rousing yarn. I am in a state of wonder at the magnificance of the human ear, and I can give you a quick primer on the various philosophies of "reality" because it's all explained for the common man in this book. This is one of those books that makes the reader feel smarter because the smart writer speaks to you as an equal. Amazingly, I can find no other books by Chorost. This is his debut.
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A great insight into the CI world, both in technical and human terms. I could've done without the sexuality "stuff," but overall it was a great book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by LLL
I recently have had a cochlear implant and wanted to read of Michaels journey. Interesting although differences between USA & Australia.Published 19 months ago by Bev Kent
Michael does a fabulous job explaining what life is like for with those of us with hearing loss. This book is very educational, even humorous in some parts. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ashley
I am days away from receiving my first Cochlear Implant and "Rebuilt" was on a list of books my audiologist recommended when I was first evaluated for receiving an implant. Read morePublished on May 7, 2014 by Brad Burns
I had to read this book for my class. Overall I thought it was good though it dragged at some points and tended to repeat itself. I liked it and would recommend it.Published on March 15, 2014 by Sophia
This book gets better as you read. It starts off slow and is full of dry humor but as you continue reading, you feel like you know Michael. It is vividly written.Published on December 1, 2013 by Allyse R. Weier
I chose to read this for a book report for one of my classes and it changed my perspective on cochlear implants. Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by Gerilyn Jones
My son was implanted 20 years ago at the age of 2. So as profoundly as this has improved his life he has never been able to 'explain' much about how it feels and how it works, etc. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by Mike