Brain plasticity under cochlear implant stimulation

Andrej Kral*, Jochen Tillein

*Corresponding author for this work

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The benefit of cochlear implantation crucially depends on the ability of the brain to learn to classify neural activity evoked by the cochlear implant. Brain plasticity is a complex property with massive developmental changes after birth. The present paper reviews the experimental work on auditory plasticity and focuses on the plasticity required for adaptation to cochlear implant stimulation. It reviews the data on developmental sensitive periods in auditory plasticity of hearing, hearing-impaired and deaf, cochlear-implanted, animals. Based on the analysis of the above findings in animals and comparable data from humans, a cochlear implantation within the first 2 years of age is recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCochlear and brainstem implants
EditorsA. R. Møller
PublisherKarger AG
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783318013801
ISBN (Print)3805581572, 9783805581578
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2006
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
ISSN (Print)0065-3071


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