Practice, Practice, Practice

Even if you once listened to lots of music, think of yourself as an apprentice in the art of music listening. Just as a painter needs a canvas and a dancer needs a stage, you need tools and knowledge to master new skills.

Practice, Practice, Practice
Like learning any skill, music appreciation takes practice. Some CI recipients say they have improved their appreciation of music simply through dedicated practice in listening to music.

You might try focusing more on the rhythm of music by listening to songs you knew well before you lost your hearing. It seems the brain, and its memory of the sound of music prior to hearing loss, can help fill in the missing information.

You can also use trial and error, making note of specific songs you like better than others. Try a selection by a soloist that features a quiet guitar and drum accompaniment with a clear and simple beat. At first, such simple orchestration may sound better through your CI than symphonic music without lyrics that uses many instruments playing complex melodies at the same time.

CI recipients who seem to have the best music perception have devoted time to "train their brains" to hear music. Remember that training your brain requires focused effort, rather than just playing music in the background while you're doing other things.

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