Tips for Music Listening
Keep these tips handy to help you fully realize your
music listening potential.
- Make sure the sound quality is good (MP3 players, CDs, and adequate volume control – since too much volume will distort the sound).
- Choose a comfortable environment (quiet, relaxing, no echo).
- Use earphones or a direct connect system.
- Start with a simple piece (solo and repetition are ideal). You might look on the Internet by typing "piano solo" or "guitar solo" into your search engine.
- Select something familiar. Music you listened to before you lost hearing can be easier to understand – your memory helps fill in the gaps.
- Find music with a strong beat (rock, hip-hop, etc.).
- Engage your sight and use visual cues (watch live music or music DVDs to help identify rhythm and beat).
- Find the lyrics. Type the title and "lyrics" into a search engine, or try to find a performance of the song or instrumental piece at www.youtube.com.
- Talk with other cochlear implant recipients, or seek guidance from a hearing rehabilitation specialist or your audiologist to assist with your progress.
When you are ready for more...
- Broaden your musical tastes (classical, pop, country, rock, folk, etc.).
- Use trial and error by sampling different styles and practice identifying
sounds and instruments.
- Learn to play an instrument, join a community chorus or church choir,
or take music therapy.
- Have fun and don't give up!