Cochlear implants. Matching the prosthesis to the brain and facilitating desired plastic changes in brain function

Blake S. Wilson, Michael Dorman, Marty G. Woldorff, Debara L. Tucci

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Abstract

The cochlear implant (CI) is one of the great success stories of modern medicine. A high level of function is provided for most patients. However, some patients still do not achieve excellent or even good results using the present-day devices. Accumulating evidence is pointing to differences in the processing abilities of the " auditory brain" among patients as a principal contributor to this remaining and still large variability in outcomes. In this chapter, we describe a new approach to the design of CIs that takes these differences into account and thereby may improve outcomes for patients with compromised auditory brains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-129
Number of pages13
JournalProgress in Brain Research
Volume194
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Auditory cortex
  • Auditory prosthesis
  • Brain plasticity
  • Brain-machine interface
  • Central auditory processing
  • Cochlear implant
  • Cochlear prosthesis
  • Deafness
  • Hearing
  • Neural prostheses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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