Through cochlear implants, deaf individuals are now routinely able to hear spoken language—yet music remains exceedingly difficult. Music represents the most sophisticated auditory stimulus in the world, and offers a unique opportunity to study how individuals with hearing loss can learn to perceive even the most subtle of sounds.
Dr. Charles Limb is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, where he specializes in neurotology and skull base surgery. He is also a Faculty Member at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine, and completed surgical training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also completed postdoctoral research fellowships under Dr. David Ryugo and Dr. Allen Braun. His current areas of research focus on the study of the neural basis of musical improvisation and creativity (in jazz and freestyle rap) as well as the study of music perception in deaf individuals with cochlear implants. His work has been featured by CNN, National Public Radio, TED, National Geographic, Scientific American, PBS, the New York Times, the Library of Congress, Canadian Broadcasting Company, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institute. Learn more about Dr. Limb