If music was broken down into its components, pitch would be considered to be one of the most important aspects, because changes in pitch typically provides melody information (Chasin & Russo 2004). Hearing-impaired children may not have the same musical experiences as their normally-hearing age matched peers. Hearing instruments are fitted to improve speech perception however the signal processing approaches used vary in the ways that they deliver pitch information.
The focus of this research project is assess the impact that various interventions have on pitch perception, production and general musical development in a group of 4-9 year old children using hearing aids and or cochlear implants.
This project is being undertaken by Sian Edwards as her PhD project which is being funded by Advanced Bionics and Phonak.