For those with pure word deafness, actions always speak louder than words

For those with pure word deafness, actions always speak louder than words

The phone rings — you hear it. The caller ID displays — you read it. You pick up the phone — you say hello. But no matter how hard you listen, you can’t understand a single word that’s said either by you or the caller. 

No, you haven't just crossed over into the Twilight Zone; you have a rare syndrome called pure word deafness (PWD). Individuals with PWD cannot understand any speech, even if they can identify other sounds and read written words with no difficulty whatsoever

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Brains & Bourbon Ep6 Hearing/Whiskey/Tony Ricci

This week on "Brains and Bourbon," we share a glass of whiskey with Tony Ricci as we discuss hearing, rebuilding his lab after hurricane Katrina, and more!

Dr. Ricci is a professor of otolaryngology and molecular and cellular physiology here at Stanford, as well as the director of the Stanford neurosciences PhD program. 

Brains & Bourbon airs every Wednesday at 1pm on 90.1FM KZSU, which can be streamed here: http://kzsulive.stanford.edu/