Musical backgrounds, listening habits, and aesthetic enjoyment of adult cochlear implant recipients

J Am Acad Audiol. Jul-Aug 2000;11(7):390-406.


This paper describes the listening habits and musical enjoyment of postlingually deafened adults who use cochlear implants. Sixty-five implant recipients (35 females, 30 males) participated in a survey containing questions about musical background, prior involvement in music, and audiologic success with the implant in various listening circumstances. Responses were correlated with measures of cognition and speech recognition. Sixty-seven implant recipients completed daily diaries (7 consecutive days) in which they reported hours spent in specific music activities. Results indicate a wide range of success with music. In general, people enjoy music less postimplantation than prior to hearing loss. Musical enjoyment is influenced by the listening environment (e.g., a quiet room) and features of the music.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Auditory Perception*
  • Cochlear Implantation*
  • Cochlear Implants*
  • Deafness / surgery
  • Esthetics*
  • Female
  • Habits*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Music*
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Surveys and Questionnaires