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Research shows that singing and musical instrument play may benefit hearing-impaired children. Singing and musical instrument playing have been associated with improved auditory skills in normal hearing children. Now a group pf researchers at the University of Helsinki and University College London have found that the auditory skills of hearing-impaired children is connected to the amount of singing and music in their everyday lives. They looked specifically at hearing-impaired children who have cochlear implants and compared groups who sing and play musical instruments informally to those who do not. They found that the singing group showed better speech in noise perception than the non-singing group. Speech in noise perception is the ability to understand speech or sentences in noisy environments (say a classroom or cafeteria). A critical component to hearing well. This suggest that singing and musical instrument playing has the potential to enhance the perception of speech in noise in children with cochlear implants.1.

This is a good reminder that helping children learn the valuable skill of hearing well in noisy environments can be as easy as singing nursery rhymes with them.

  1. Ritva Torppa, Andrew Faulkner, Teija Kujala, Minna Huotilainen, Jari Lipsanen Developmental Links Between Speech Perception in Noise, Singing, and Cortical Processing of Music in Children with Cochlear Implants Music Perception: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 36 No. 2, December 2018; (pp. 156-174) DOI: 1525/mp.2018.36.2.156