I knew it was time to consider getting a cochlear implant when I realized that patients I was providing with implants had better hearing than I did. This resulted in a somewhat unique situation: an otologist with an implant. The saga of surgery, programming, and relearning how to hear with an implant has given me some valuable insights—especially regarding the neuroplasticity of the human brain—that, I believe, would otherwise be lost to the implant community. What follows are the lessons learned.
Dornhoffer J. An Otologist’s Experience as a Cochlear Implant Patient—The Power of Neuroplasticity. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Published online March 21, 2019145(5):401–402. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2019.0054
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