Cochlear Implants (CI) are primarily designed to process speech. So, for a CI user, appreciating music is often a secondary consideration. Here at Southampton University, research has been conducted into improving music appreciation for CI users.
The course includes an explanation of how music is processed through a Cochlear Implant, training with a music therapist and a group discussion with a rehabilitationist about the use of music. Furthermore we have developed the I-MAP. This is an interactive, online tool for developing pitch and rhythm perception. Trainees will be able to download and test this tool during the course.
This training is fully accessible with the provision of speech to text and the potential for British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation.
This course has been run over several years and positive feedback has been received, some of which is shown below:
“I can’t wait to try out what I learnt today.”
“An interesting workshop. Useful ideas to try out to improve musical awareness and enjoyment.”
We are in the process of planning our next Music Workshop for AIS patients. The last Workshop took place on 18th November 2019. The next course will be organised when there is sufficient interest.
Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in attending a Music Workshop.