Computer toolkit will help cochlear implant recipients get the most out of music
Posted Jul 18 2011 6:27pm
Deaf people who have received a cochlear implant, may soon be able to enjoy music better, with a toolkit being developed at Southampton University.
Music professor David Nicholls and Dr Rachel van Besouw from the University's Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) have won a £109,000 grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to develop listening exercises to help CI recipients to get more out of music.
"Hearing people speak again changes lives, but many of our patients tell us they still can′t enjoy music," explains Dr van Besouw. "They say they can hear rhythm but have problems distinguishing notes. We want to investigate ways we can help them." Professor Nicholls adds: "I have always been interested in how music can be used in a research environment to support people. 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."