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Aspects of Music with Cochlear Implants – Music Listening Habits and Appreciation in Danish Cochlear Implant Users

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Cochlear implant users differ significantly from their normal hearing peers
when it comes to perception of music. Several studies have shown that
structural features – such as rhythm, timbre, and pitch – are transmitted less
accurately through an implant. However, we cannot predict personal
enjoyment of music solely as a function of accuracy of perception. But can
music be pleasant with a cochlear implant at all? Our aim here was to gather
information of both music enjoyment and listening habits before the onset of
hearing loss and post-operation from a large, representative sample of
Danish recipients. A hundred and sixty three adult cochlear implant users
(101 females, 62 males) completed a survey containing questions about
musical background, listening habits, and music enjoyment. The results
indicate a wide range of success with music, but in general, the results show
that the CI users enjoy music less post-implantation than prior to their
hearing loss. Nevertheless, a large majority of CI listeners either prefer
music over not hearing music at all or find music as pleasant as they recall it
before their hearing loss, or more so.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2014
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventInternational Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research ISAAR 2013 “Auditory plasticity – Listening with the brain” - Nyborg Strand, Nyborg, Denmark
Duration: 28 Aug 201330 Aug 2013


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research ISAAR 2013 “Auditory plasticity – Listening with the brain”
LocationNyborg Strand

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