UK project to help bring music to cochlear users

Monday, 1 August 2011 10:18am

Cochlear implants help those with severe to profound hearing loss perceive speech but the technology has difficulties communicating the complexities of music. A new initiative in the UK aims to create a series of exercises which will enable notes to be distinguished and enjoyed by the listener.

The Music Focus Group is holding a series of workshops which will explore the aspects of music which can be appreciated by cochlear users. The findings of the research will then guide the production of music specifically for those with the implants.

"I have always been interested in how music can be used in a research environment to support people,” said researcher Professor David Nicholls. “It can encourage development and self-belief and boost self-confidence. I am sure our interdisciplinary approach to the challenge will make a real difference to our patients."

The two-year project, based at the University of Southampton’s Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, was funded by an Arts and Humanities Council grant.

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