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Can prelingually deafened children with cochlear implants learn to sing? The present study showed that they can after rigorous music training.

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Why is it important?

Singing is an integral part of human communication. Numerous studies have shown that pitch-related tasks, such as music perception and vocal singing, in prelingually-deafened children wearing hearing devices are poor. In the present study, a group of 10 prelingually-deafened children with cochlear implants formed a choir and learned to singing together over a period of two years. The study showed, for the first time, that deaf children can singing at high proficiency, through rigorous training.


The study highlights the importance of training on vocal development in children with cochlear implants. Future studies should explore the relationship between the outstanding vocal singing ability of these children and their perceptual capability as well as speech and language development trajectories. Results may provide guidance to a better rehabilitation approach for children with cochlear implants or other hearing devices.

Professor Li Xu
Ohio University

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This page is a summary of: Singing Proficiency of Members of a Choir Formed by Prelingually Deafened Children With Cochlear Implants, Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, May 2019, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), DOI: 10.1044/2019_jslhr-h-18-0385.
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