Engineering design of cochlear implants


Wilson, B. (2004). Engineering design of cochlear implants. In F. G. Zeng, A. N. Popper, & R. R. Fay (Eds.), Cochlear Implants: Auditory Prostheses and Electric Hearing New York, NY: Springer Verlag.


Cochlear implants have instigated a popular but controversial revolution in the treatment of deafness. This book discusses the physiological bases of using artificial devices to electrically stimulate the brain to interpret sounds. As the first successful device to restore neural function, the cochlear implant serves as a model for research in neuroscience and biomedical engineering. These and other auditory prostheses are discussed in the context of historical treatments, engineering, psychophysics and clinical issues as well as implications for speech, behavior, cognition and long-term effects on people.