Can I turn off my hearing?
May 18, 2012 3:58 AM Subscribe
Would it be possible to install a switch of some sort in my head that would enable me to turn my hearing on and off? I realise that I would be unlikely to find a doctor willing to do this, but I'm interested in the theoretical possibilities.
posted by alby to Science & Nature (18 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Could the auditory nerve be severed and then some sort of switch/filter installed? Something something cochlear implant? Would it be possible to do this without affecting the quality of hearing, but rather simply whether it was 'on' or 'off'?