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

Prog Brain Res. 2011;194:117-29. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-53815-4.00012-1.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / anatomy & histology
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Cochlear Implantation / methods
  • Cochlear Implants*
  • Deafness / rehabilitation*
  • Humans
  • User-Computer Interface