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Think of your ears as eyes.

We’ve been thinking about hearing a lot at Sukle lately as we begin developing work for Cochlear Americas. They make a device that is implanted in the inner ear that enables people who are profoundly deaf to hear. It’s been one of our instincts from the beginning that hearing loss might be compensated by strong visual perception. So the title of this article about ECM album covers grabbed me: “CDs Know That Ears Have Eyes.” At first glance, I felt like these images were kind of boring, to be honest. One of them is just a blurred crop of what looks like an outtake. But I revisited it a couple times because I hated that I just wasn’t getting it. Manfred Eicher, the founder of ECM and creative mastermind, shares his favorite quote, which is by Gertrude Stein. “Think of your ears as eyes.” What would a person with hearing loss think of these images? Would they hear with their eyes? Is this the kind of imagery that belongs in an audiologist’s consultation room? Is this the kind of art therapy that would help a person’s brain begin to process sound after a long period of living in silence?