He started to lose his hearing at an early age, and music was his way to reach out and stay closer to the outside world.
Jon Hamilton of NPR Morning Edition ran a story Monday about Swiller, who loves music, but who happens to be deaf. When Swiller was in high school, he took refuge in music such as Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and other alternative rock.
He said the implant made it more difficult to interpret sounds and electrical impulses, which go right onto the auditory nerve. As a result, music he normally liked, such as Nirvana, was not as appealing to him as folk music.
The radio spot used Bjork’s latest album, “Vulnicura,” as an example.
So Swiller had to find a new way to interpret sounds so that he could listen and understand exactly what he wanted to again.
Listen below to the story “Deaf Jam: Experiencing music through a cochlear implant”: