Plastic changes in the auditory cortex of congenitally deaf cats following cochlear implantation

Rainer Klinke*, Rainer Hartmann, Silvia Heid, Jochen Tillein, Andrej Kral

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Abstract

Congenitally deaf cats were used as a model for human inborn deafness and auditory deprivation. The deaf cats were supplied with a cochlear implant, chronically exposed to an acoustic environment and conditioned to acoustic stimuli. In case of early implantation the cats learned to make use of the newly gained auditory channel behaviourally. Neurophysiological and fMRI data showed that the central auditory system was recruited, if implantation took place within a sensitive period of <6 months.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-206
Number of pages4
JournalAudiology and Neuro-Otology
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2001
Externally publishedYes

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