The perception of music for cochlear implant recipients is different than for individuals with normal hearing due to how the elements of music are coded through cochlear implant systems. Despite certain limitations, cochlear implants do offer opportunities for enjoying and appreciating music with the new sound from a cochlear implant. This course is presented by AudiologyOnline in partnership with ACIA.
Course created on January 27, 2021
- After this course, participants will be able to explain why hearing music with a cochlear implant is perceived differently by CI recipients.
- After this course, participants will be able to identify resources and methods for adult and pediatric cochlear implant recipients that may help them appreciate music.
- After this course, participants will be able to discuss common elements of music in terms of how they are coded through cochlear implant devices.
|5-25 Minutes||Why Music is Different for Cochlear Implant Recipients|
|25-30 Minutes||Review of Resources|
|30-55 Minutes||Embracing your “inner distortion”: A CI Musician Plays and Demonstrates|
|55-60 Minutes||Summary, Q&A|
Donna L. Sorkin
Donna Sorkin, MA is the executive director of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance, a non-profit organization working to expand access to cochlear implants through research, advocacy and awareness. Prior to joining ACI Alliance in late 2012, Donna was Vice President of Consumer Affairs for Cochlear Americas where she led public policy initiatives and activities aimed at the broad life needs of cochlear implant users including insurance practices, habilitation, and educational needs of children with cochlear implants. Ms. Sorkin was previously the executive director of Hearing Loss Association of America and the AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She has served on federal, corporate and university boards including the U.S. Access Board, the National Institute on Deafness, NIH and Gallaudet University. She holds a Masters from Harvard's Kennedy School.
Megan Narron, AuD, is a clinical audiologist at the Yale Hearing and Balance Center specializing in cochlear implants, under Yale University’s School of Medicine Department of Surgery. Since 2018, she has co-lead Yale’s Adult Cochlear Implant Program. Prior to joining Yale she worked with implantable hearing technology for 20 years, both clinically and in industry, as a Clinical Territory Manager for Cochlear Americas. She completed her bachelor’s degree from The State University of New York College at Geneseo, her master’s degree from The University of Akron, and her Doctorate of Audiology from The University of Arizona AT Still University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the American Speech Language-Hearing Association.
Musician, CI user, and American Cochlear Implant Alliance State Champion from RI, Richard Reed played Hammond organ with Junior Walker & the All Stars and many other R&B, Blues and Rock & Roll artists.
Deafened by an antibiotic and unable to appreciate music for nearly ten years, Richard had CI surgery in 2002. Pre-pandemic, Richard once again played organ and piano professionally (and will again in 2021!).
Richard wrote and produced the CI music improvement program HOPE Notes. A 2015 inductee to the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, Richard's experiential knowledge helps auditory researchers improve the fidelity of hearing loss technologies.
Megan Narron: Financial: Megan Narron is employed by Yale Hearing and Balance Center, where she leads Yale's Adult Cochlear Implant Program. She performs audiology consulting services for Oticon Medical. Non-financial: Megan Narron has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Richard Reed: Financial: Richard Reed received an honorarium for this course. Non-financial: Richard Reed is a musician and cochlear implant recipient.
Sponsor Disclosure: This course is presented by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.
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