Inventor of the first cochlear implant, Dr. William House passed away this month. The New York Times had a lovely article about his life’s work, and some facts within it are astonishing:
That early cochlear implant design by Dr. House was exactly the one that Dr. Noel Cohen spoke to this agency about just a few weeks ago; the single-channel* device worked, but its shortcomings inspired Dr. Cohen’s mission to develop better, multichannel versions. (The Center for Hearing and Communication celebrated Dr. Cohen, a long time friend of the CHC, and his achievements with a naming ceremony in November.)
Dr. William House died in his home at the age of 89. CHC wishes his family peace and honors his contributions. We echo his passion in our shared mission to help people with hearing loss access the world of sound.
*See the comment below from Dr. House’s son, David House, regarding Dr. House’s cochlear device.
Tags: cochlear implants, history