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Music engagement: The potential of the singing voice - An initial investigation of a group therapy
Pätzold J.
MED-EL, CEO-Team, Durham, United States
Intro: Music engagement as an active expression of making music seems to be a very promising training for CI
users. Music is quite multifaceted and singing is one possibility. Singing is a musical activity where the innate
natural instrument of humans is used. Singing combines music and speech. Furthermore clinical research has
shown physiological, neurological and emotional benefits of singing.
Methods: Hearing implant users were invited to participate in a voice and singing workshop for adults. Overall
eight participants, all with different types of hearing implants attended. Six meetings were scheduled over the
next three months and each meeting took about 1 to 1 ½ hour. The goal was to raise their awareness of the
relation between listening and expression. More specifically to make them more familiar with their own voice,
teach them some possibilities to make them more sensitive listeners, to improve their ability to be expressive and
to increase self-confidence.
Results: Beside the fact that the participants had much fun during the workshop and felt highly motivated and
encouraged to further engage with musical activities, some reported that people they interact with on regular
basis noticed an improvement in their speech understanding in difficult listening situations. By the fourth meeting
the group was able to sing multiple parts of a song (singing in two voices) without problems, which was an
unexpected result.