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Cochlear implants, music perception and musical training

Venema, Ilja (2019) Cochlear implants, music perception and musical training. Bachelor's Thesis, Life Science and Technology.


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This study investigates the effect of music training on music perception in cochlear implant (CI) users. Listening to music has social and cultural relevance but receivers of a CI often report reduced music enjoyment and engagement after implantation. This is because the auditory signal that their CI provides does not have enough spectral and temporal information for sufficient pitch and timbre perception for music. Technological improvements on CIs are made to overcome this but there will always be limitations due to degradation of the acoustic signal during encoding and a limit to the amount of electrodes that can be placed on an electrode array. Therefore there is a strong drive for alternative solutions. One of the proposed solutions is to provide CI recipients with music training based on observed brain plasticity in the central auditory pathway after implantation that can respond to sound exposure and studies that found a positive correlation between music training and pitch detection in NH populations. In this paper four studies that examined the effect of music training on music perception are summarized. Although all studies used very different methodologies, participant groups and testing methods, an overall positive effect of music training on sound perception seems present. CI users indicate that their music enjoyment is linked to their ability to perceive music. Training this ability might therefore help them enjoy music more.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
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Degree programme: Life Science and Technology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2019
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2019 12:19

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