Rachel M. van Besouw

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There is some evidence that structured training can benefit cochlear implant (CI) users' appraisal of music as well as their music perception abilities. There are currently very limited music training resources available for CI users to explore. This demonstration will introduce delegates to the 'Interactive Music Awareness Program' (IMAP) for cochlear(More)
The human singing voice plays an important role in music of all societies. It is an extremely flexible instrument and is capable of producing a tremendous range of sounds. As such, the human voice can be hard to classify and poses a major challenge for automatic audio discrimination and classification systems. Speech/song discrimination is an implicit goal(More)
The ability to listen to commands in noisy environments and understand acoustic signals, while maintaining situational awareness, is an important skill for military personnel and can be critical for mission success. Seventeen auditory tasks carried out by British infantry and combat-support personnel were identified through a series of focus groups(More)
In order to preserve their operational effectiveness and ultimately their survival, military personnel must be able to detect important acoustic signals and maintain situational awareness. The possession of sufficient hearing ability to perform job-specific auditory tasks is defined as auditory fitness for duty (AFFD). Pure tone audiometry (PTA) is used to(More)
A bilateral advantage for diotically presented stimuli has been observed for cochlear implant (CI) users and is suggested to be dependent on symmetrical implant performance. Studies using CI simulations have not shown a true "bilateral" advantage, but a "better ear" effect and have demonstrated that performance decreases with increasing basalward shift in(More)
Tests for quantifying the music perception abilities of cochlear implant users are currently being developed and trialled at the South of England Cochlear Implant Centre. In addition to measures of speech perception, tests of rhythm, and pitch have been administered to MED-EL C40+ implant users before and after upgrading from the TEMPO+ processor with(More)
OBJECTIVE The development of auditory receptive skills and spoken language is often delayed in children who use cochlear implants, which may affect their appreciation of and responses to music. This in turn may be interpreted as disinterest in music. A questionnaire was developed to determine whether differences in exposure and responses to music exist(More)
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