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The central auditory system and auditory deprivation: Experience with cochlear implants in the congenitally deaf

RK Shepherd, R Hartmann, S Heid, N Hardie, R Klinke

ACTA OTO-LARYNGOLOGICA | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 1997

Abstract

In the present paper we briefly review the response of the central auditory system to auditory deprivation and describe recent experimental and clinical experience with cochlear implants. While the central auditory system undergoes marked changes in response to auditory deprivation, it would appear that at least a rudimentary cochleotopic organisation is maintained at the level of the brainstem and auditory cortex in animals deafened from birth. Moreover, recent studies have demonstrated the ability of the central auditory system to undergo functional reorganisation in response to changes in the pattern of afferent activity. Clinical experience has shown that deaf children with little or no ..

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