Self-reported music perception is related to quality of life and self-reported hearing abilities in cochlear implant users

Christina Fuller*, Rolien Free, Bert Maat, Deniz Başkent

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Abstract

Objectives To investigate the relationship between self-reported music perception and appreciation and (1) quality of life (QoL), and (2) self-assessed hearing ability in 98 post-lingually deafened cochlear implant (CI) users with a wide age range. Methods Participants filled three questionnaires: (1) the Dutch Musical Background Questionnaire (DMBQ), which measures the music listening habits, the quality of the sound of music and the self-assessed perception of elements of music; (2) the Nijmegen Cochlear Implant Questionnaire (NCIQ), which measures health-related QoL; (3) the Speech, Spatial and Qualities (SSQ) of hearing scale, which measures self-assessed hearing ability. Additionally, speech perception was behaviorally measured with a phoneme-in-word identification. Results A decline in music listening habits and a low rating of the quality of music after implantation are reported in DMBQ. A significant relationship is found between the music measures and the NCIQ and SSQ; no significant relationships are observed between the DMBQ and speech perception scores. Conclusions The findings suggest some relationship between CI users' self-reported music perception ability and QoL and self-reported hearing ability. While the causal relationship is not currently evaluated, the findings may imply that music training programs and/or device improvements that improve music perception may improve QoL and hearing ability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalCochlear implants international
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9-Jan-2021

Keywords

  • Cochlear implant
  • Music perception
  • Speech perception
  • Self-reported hearing abilities
  • GENDER CATEGORIZATION
  • SPEECH-PERCEPTION
  • TEMPORAL CUES
  • PITCH
  • RECOGNITION
  • PERFORMANCE
  • EXPERIENCE
  • THERAPY
  • LENGTH
  • ADULTS

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