Navigation Links
After Cochlear Implant, Music Therapy May Aid Speech
Date:1/8/2010

Toddlers exposed to musical activities were more communicative, study finds

FRIDAY, Jan. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Music therapy can aid speech development in hearing-impaired toddlers after they receive cochlear implants, researchers have found.

Cochlear implants can provide 90 percent normal hearing to children born with impaired hearing who can't be helped by hearing aids. However, children who receive cochlear implants have never heard sound and face a long rehabilitation process before they can begin to speak.

The study included toddlers (aged 2 to 3) who received eight music therapy sessions after receiving cochlear implants. Each session included music-related activities such as games with percussion instruments, vocal games and listening to simple songs. The children also took part in eight sessions during which they played with toys/games without musical sounds.

During the music therapy sessions, spontaneous communication was more frequent and prolonged in the children, the study found. The researchers also determined that exposure to music needs to be gradual.

The study was presented recently at a conference at the University of Haifa in Israel.

"Music comprises various elements that are also components of language and therefore as a non-verbal form of communication is suitable for communication with these children, when they are still unable to use language," study author Dr. Dikla Kerem, said in a university news release.

"Communicative interactions, especially those initiated by the toddlers, are critical in the development of normal communication, as they are prerequisites for developing and acquiring language," Kerem added.

"Music can constitute the bridge between the quiet world that the child knew and the new world of sounds that has been unfolded following the [cochlear implant] operation. It is also important that the parents and staff learn the best way to expose these children to music, the use of music for communication and the importance of the therapist's undirected approach [which enhanced the children's communication in music therapy and in play to a greater degree than in the directed one]," Kerem explained.

Kerem noted that music therapy "is gradually penetrating the field of rehabilitation, but there is still a lot of work to be done in improving awareness of this important area."

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about cochlear implants.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: University of Haifa, news release, Jan. 6, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Work-Family Conflict Dogs Air Force Women After Deployment
2. Work-Family Conflict Dogs Air Force Women After Deployment
3. Stopping Statins After Stroke Doubles Death Risk
4. Billy Graham Home After Hospitalization:
5. Swelling After Knee Injury May Hinder Healing
6. Going on After Loss
7. Discover The Mutter Museum After Dark
8. Cialis Eases Erectile Dysfunction After Spinal Cord Injury
9. Perrigo Vice Chair Mori Arkin To Retire After 30 Years of Service
10. Vitamin Relief Brings Needed Nutrition to School District Resurrecting After Katrina
11. Pill Equals Injection in Preventing Clots After Hip Replacement
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... to fertility once they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a ... they also require a comprehensive approach that can help for preservation of fertility ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice ... overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, ... a necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Beach, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... UCLA with Magna Cum Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School of ... Diego and returned to Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... the pursuit of success. In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high ... low, risk more than just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... June ... about the dangers associated with chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, ... individuals who are suffering with Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016  Collagen Matrix, Inc., ("Collagen ... and manufacturing of collagen and mineral based medical ... that Bill Messer has joined the ... further leverage the growing portfolio of oral surgery, ... Bill joins the Collagen Matrix executive team ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... of the "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, ... Photovoltaics Structural electronics involves electronic ... load-bearing, protective structures, replacing dumb structures such as ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 Research and ... Market for Companion Diagnostic Tests" report to their offering. ... for Companion Diagnostics The World Market for ... personalized medicine diagnostics. Market analysis in the report includes the ... Market (In Vitro Diagnostic Kits) by Region (N. America, EU, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: