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I would be interested in this as well; it sounds very like the equivalent to
"blindsight", a well-documented phenomenon. Given that there is increasing
evidence for independent "what" and "where" processing pathways in hearing
now, rather as in the case of vision, I would be surprised if this kind of
"deafhearing" were not in evidence. I would be most pleased to come across
any references, as I've looked for this before.
----- Original Message -----
From: "herzfeld" <herzfeld@ALUM.MIT.EDU>
Sent: 24 February 2003 12:30
> Hello Martin and Eckard,
> The part of the e-mail:
> "If I recall correctly, Bob Fendrich told me that there are people who
> lost hearing but paradoxically they are able to indicate the location of
> a sound source."
> caught my attention.
> In the book: "Foundations of Modern Auditory Theory" Jerry V. Tobias
> (ed) Academic Press 1972 vol 2. Chapter Eleven, page 467, Tobias himself
> "If the interaural-time-disparity thresholds are mediated in a
> cochleo-cochlear pathway that is independent of the pathways that
> transmit the nmore common sorts of auditory information on loudness and
> pitch, then somewhere there may be a person with a very special kind of
> nerve deafness: Although he cannot hear sounds, he can tell where they
> are coming from. If someone like that exists, it is not hard to imagine
> reasons why his case is unreported."
> I have never heard of nor read about such a person, but would like to
> follow up the trail. Could someone put me in touch with Bob Fendrich ?
> Eckard Blumschein wrote:
> > Martin,
> > If I recall correctly, Bob Fendrich told me that there are people who
> > hearing but paradoxically they are able to indicate the location of a
> > source.
> > ...................
> > Eckard
> > http://home.arcor.de/eckard.blumschein
> Fred Herzfeld, MIT'54
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