HOPE Workshop: Enjoying Music with a Cochlear Implant: A Free Workshop for Adults, Family Members, and Parents of Children with Cochlear Implants - Oklahoma City, OK
While no cochlear implant can replicate the natural hearing of music
by adults and children with cochlear implants, there are strategies
that can enhance music enjoyment. Music may not sound the same
to a late deafened adult but music can nonetheless be a positive
experience and a regular part of one’s life—just as it was before a
recipient’s hearing declined.
Children who receive cochlear implants do not have the same
preconceived notions (as adults) about how music should sound and
they often do enjoy music right from the start. There are strategies
that can help improve a child’s perception. Incorporating music into
auditory therapy has demonstrated its role in enhancing speech
perception and language learning as well as adding enjoyment to
This workshop is for adults and teens with cochlear implants,
parents of younger children, and other family members. It moves
beyond a past focus on the poor pitch perception capabilities
of cochlear implant users and instead emphasizes the positive,
especially strategies and practice tools that can enhance the
music experience for those with “electric ears.”
A new and unique rehabilitation tool created by musician and song writer Richard
Reed—a cochlear implant recipient—will be reviewed and discussed.
Richard will be one of the workshop trainers providing details on
his own odyssey back to music and how he utilized his experiences
to develop HOPE Notes. Attendees at this free workshop will
have the opportunity to view and interact with the HOPE Notes
rehabilitation resource which includes a DVD, CD, and user guide.
Light refreshments will be served.