Journal article

The effect of cochlear implantation on music perception by adults with usable pre-operative acoustic hearing

Valerie Looi, Hugh McDermott, Colette McKay, Louise Hickson

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AUDIOLOGY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

This study investigated the change in music perception of adults undergoing cochlear implantation. Nine adults scheduled for a cochlear implant (CI) were assessed on a music test battery both prior to implantation (whilst using hearing aids; HAs), and three months after activation of their CIs. The results were compared with data from a group of longer-term CI users and a group of HA-only users. The tests comprised assessments of rhythm, pitch, instrument, and melody perception. Pre-to-post surgery comparisons showed no significant difference in the rhythm, melody, and instrument identification scores. Subjects' scores were significantly lower post-implant for ranking pitch intervals of one ..

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