Implantable Hearing Devices (IHD)
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Singing in prelingually-deafened children fitted with either cochlear implants (CIs) or hearing aids is usually poor. The present study evaluated the singing proficiency of a group of ten prelingually-deafened children with CIs who formed a choir and received 21 months of formal music training. Results showed that the CI choir members demonstrated high accuracy in both pitch and tempo measures. Early start of music training after implantation and use of bimodal hearing contributed to the development of music ability.