Beethoven had severe hearing loss and tinnitus, but he still found comfort in music. This is the case for many people with hearing loss, and new research shows that music might even play a more important role in language development, especially among deaf children.
Researchers at the University of Helsinki say that music can support the development of language, according to a recent article in Science Daily.
The Finnish researchers have compiled guidelines for parents, educators, speech therapists and rehabilitation specialists, to utilize the special powers of music.
Music, especially singing, benefits the brain children with hearing loss and their spoken language, according to University Lecturer of Logopedics and speech therapist Ritva Torppa.
“These skills make children’s lives easier,” Torppa says in the article published in the Hearing Research journal. “Listening to speech, for example, in noisy surroundings becomes less stressful, while communicating with others and absorbing information in school and everyday life also becomes easier.”
Both children with hearing aids and cochlear implants may benefit from musical activities, according to the article.
Based on their studies, and traditional auditory rehabilitation, music therapy methodologies, and speech and language therapy methods, the researchers have drafted the following recommendations:
To read the full details of the recommendations, visit ScienceDirect.com.
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