An illustration with audio waves juxtaposed over silhouettes of many different people.
Illustrations: Pablo Delcan

The End of Deafness

Tweaking a person’s DNA could provide hearing to those born without it, but not everyone thinks deafness needs to be ‘cured’

When Jessica Chaikof was born in February 1995, doctors at an Atlanta hospital placed a pair of headphones on her, piping sounds into her newborn ears while an electrode stuck to her tiny head measured her brain’s response…