What is it about?

People with hearing impairment (HI) face numerous challenges that can be minimized with the use of hearing aids (HAs) and cochlear implants (CIs). Despite technological advances in these assistive hearing devices, musical perception remains difficult for these people. Tests and protocols developed to assess the musical perception of this audience were the target of this systematic review, whose objective was to investigate how assessments of musical perception in people with hearing impairment are carried out.

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Why is it important?

Music plays an important role in people's lives, and people with HI who use assistive hearing devices do not experience music in a satisfactory manner. This has motivated an increase in the development of tests to assess musical perception in this audience.


Future studies should make efforts to minimize the semantic parallelism involving the auditory skills and elements of music related to the assessment of musical perception. This should be done to the same extent that studies prioritize the use of musical stimuli that are as similar as possible to the sounds produced by musical instruments, with a preference for digitized sounds over synthesized ones, thereby guaranteeing the quality of the test material and, consequently, achieving better assessments of musical perception.

Pierangela Nota Simões
Universidade Estadual do Parana

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This page is a summary of: Musical Perception Assessment of People With Hearing Impairment: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, American Journal of Audiology, June 2021, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
DOI: 10.1044/2021_aja-20-00146.
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