CRBLM Presentation by Dr. François Champoux
Auditory brain plasticity: implications for clinical practice
Abstract: Brain changes occur continuously in the brain to accommodate people and their environment. The brain can be modified in various ways. It can create new connections to satisfy a need. Another hypothesis suggests that the brain also has latent connections, ready to replace the less-used ones. These brain changes may require a lot of time and training before being operational or they may be instant and involuntary. For most audiologists, the various auditory processes are often considered stable mechanisms that are isolated from the other senses. To restore hearing in deaf people with cochlear implants, more or less generic auditory training is often implemented. Yet, our laboratory’s most recent studies suggest that it is the instability of auditory mechanisms and links between different sensory areas that are the key to functional auditory rehabilitation.
François Champoux, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Research Scholar of the Research Fund of Quebec – Health
School of Speech Pathology and Audiology
Pavilion 7077, Park avenue – 3rd floor – suite 3001-44
Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal
Phone: (514) 343-6111 ext 37181
*Please note this presentation will be in French.