Rapid development of cortical auditory evoked potentials after early cochlear implantation

Anu Sharma, Michael Dorman, Anthony J. Spahr

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The aim of our research was to estimate the time course of development and plasticity of the human central auditory pathways following cochlear implantation. We recorded cortical auditory-evoked potentials in 3-year-old congenitally deaf children after they were fitted with cochlear implants. Immediately after implantation cortical response latencies resembled those of normal-hearing newborns. Over the next few months, the cortical evoked responses showed rapid changes in morphology and latency that resulted in age-appropriate latencies by 8 months after implantation. Overall, the development of cortical response latencies for the implanted children was more rapid than for their normal-hearing age-matched peers. Our results demonstrate a high degree of central auditory system plasticity during early human development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1365-1368
Number of pages4
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jul 19 2002


  • Cochlear implant
  • Cortical auditory-evoked potentials
  • Plasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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