Lalwani


Anil Lalwani
Anil Lalwani

Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at Columbia. His research include developing technology to navigate a cochlear implant electrode atraumatically into the cochlea, enhancing music enjoyment in cochlear implant recipients, designing microneedles for introducing stem cells through the round window membrane, defining the otomicrobiome, and studying the role of obesity and tobacco in childhood hearing loss.


RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Engineering Music to Sound Better With Cochlear Implants

 

When hearing loss becomes so severe that hearing aids no longer help, a cochlear implant not only amplifies sounds but also lets people hear speech clearly.

Music is a different story.

“I’ve pretty much given up listening to music and being able to enjoy it,” says Prudence Garcia-Renart, a musician who gave up playing the piano a few years ago.

“I’ve had the implant for 15 years now and it has done so much for me. Before I got the implant, I was working but I could not use a phone, I needed somebody to take notes for me at meetings, and I couldn’t have conversations with more than one person. I can now use a phone, I recognize people’s voices, I go to films, but music is awful.”

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