Title: 'Auditory Brain Development: The Foundation of Spoken Communication and Literacy for All Children'
Track: -
Keyword(s): auditory brain development
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe auditory brain development as the foundation for listening, language and literacy for all children including those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  2. Discuss the concept of “experience dependent plasticity”.
  3. Discuss the relationship of neuroplasticity to the use of hearing aids and cochlear implants.


This presentation will highlight the pivotal role of auditory brain development in the acquisition of spoken communication for all children, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Discussed will be the roles of neuroplasticity, hearing loss, technology, and auditory brain stimulation on central auditory neural maturation. The concept of experience dependent plasticity will be linked with the amount of auditory practice that is necessary to generate and change neural pathways. It's likely that we have substantially underestimated the amount of auditory/linguistic practice time that is actually required to wire and re-wire the brain for high performance. The exciting news emphasized in this talk is that appropriate early and continuing auditory intervention that capitalizes on brain neuroplasticity and auditory technologies, allows for spoken language and literacy outcomes never before imagined for today's infants and children with any type and degree of hearing loss.
Presentation: Watch Plenary 1: Auditory Brain Development: The Foundation of Spoken Communication and Literacy for All Children


Handouts: Handout_1784CarolFlexer.pdf
CART: EHDI Plenary I- 1784.docx
Plenary 1- 1784.pdf
Carol Flexer - Primary Presenter,POC
The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
     Credentials: PhD, CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Audiology
      Carol Flexer received her doctorate in audiology from Kent State University in 1982. She was at The University of Akron for 25 years as a Distinguished Professor of Audiology in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Special areas of expertise include pediatric and educational audiology. Dr. Flexer continues to lecture extensively nationally and internationally about pediatric audiology issues and has authored more than 155 publications. She has co-edited and authored thirteen books.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.