Roughly 200,000 people worldwide have had the life-changing experience of a cochlear implant, and the surgery has become a relatively routine procedure. The part of the story not often told is that many still have trouble inferring a speaker’s emotion based on tone of voice. And in a recent study, ASU Assistant Professor Xin Luo has found that the ability to detect emotional nuance in speech is actually strongly correlated to adult cochlear implant users’ overall quality of life.
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