Links to on-line rehabilitation tools

This page provides links to on-line rehabilitation tools for language and music. The two links below (shown in blue) will take you to tools focusing on general language and listening skills or those focuses more specifically at music. Within each section are links (again shown in blue) to the external sites providing these tools.

General Rehabilitation
Music Rehabilitation

General Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is a very individual process depending on the history, age and progress of each individual, and it is important that resources are used in consultation with a rehabilitationist to be sure they are appropriate to the individual at the particular stage in their rehab that they are at. Below are some links which MAY be helpful. We would always recommend discussing any potential rehabilitation tool with your implant key worker to check it would be suitable for you.

Information and Support

Speech Training

Hear Coach

Free Audiobooks

Music Rehabilitation

Musical Atmospheres – Advanced Bionics

What: An interactive software tool to help adults with cochlear implants fully appreciate the music enjoyed in everyday life. The software provides five levels of complexity and 140 music tracks. The programme is intensive and requires a great deal of listening, users are advised to limit sessions to around 30 minutes a day.

The software is available to all AB recipients for FREE, (further information is available from the CI team for users of non-AB devices)

Where: Available from the Advanced Bionics website, you are required to create an account to access the programme.

Who: The programme is suitable for adults and older children.

Hope Notes – Cochlear

What: A programme developed for Cochlear implant and hearing aid users. The programme is designed to help improve music perception and appreciation using original songs and tunes played in unexpected ways.

Where: The Hope Notes package is available for purchase from the Cochlear website, and includes a CD (designed for on the go use), DVD (incorporating both visual and audio cues) and a detailed user guide (including lyrics designed to assist and enrich your use of the programme). Click here to visit the Hope Notes package.

Who: The programme is suitable for adults and older children.

Interactive Music Awareness Programme (IMAP)

What: Developed and created by the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Programme, IMAP is an aural music rehabilitation programme designed with CI users in mind. It comprises 24 half hour sessions linked to an interactive programme which allows users to manipulate the music to their needs. Users can adjust the instrumental and vocal mixing, the pitch and speed of songs, and allows the user to select different melodies and instrument combinations.

Where: IMAP is available to download from the More from Music website. .

Who: This programme is suitable for adults and older children.

Benjamin Britten’s The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra

What: An app celebrating the works of composer and conductor Benjamin Britten, the app provides a fun and creative introduction to the joys of the orchestra. Though designed for 7-11 year olds, it is a great resource for those learning to listen to music using their CI for the first time, or even those learning to listen again.

As well as a complete recording of Benjamin Britten’s The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra, a variety of games introduce you to the various instruments and read along music allows you to identify different notes as you listen.

Where: Available for download for free to an iPad from the app store. Click here to find out more.

Who: Designed with 7-11 year olds in mind, though suitable for 7 years and upwards.

YouTube – Songs with Lyrics

What: Listening to your favourite song with read along lyrics can help you to recognise rhythm and beat as well as speech. If you can find a video with the artist singing directly to camera even better!

Where:  YouTube, simply search the title of the song you would like to listen to and add ‘lyrics’ on the end, for example ‘The Beatles Hey Jude Lyrics’.

Who: Anyone

Shazam – Identification and Lyrics App

What: Similar to YouTube, though available on the go. If you are out and hear a piece of music though cannot detect the lyrics, simply launch the app! Once the app has identified the music you are listening to it will provide links to lyrics, videos and related tracks. It also saves your ‘shazams’ so you can listen again later.

Other apps such as SoundHound etc. also provide similar features.

Where: Available through the App Store (iPhone/iPad), Google Play store (for Android) or the Microsoft Store (Windows phones).

Who: The app would be suitable for use by older children and adults.

Music and the Deaf

What: Music and the Deaf is a UK charity entirely dedicated to providing access, education and opportunities in music for deaf children, young people and adults. The charity has organised projects such as the Deaf Youth Orchestra, Frequalise and The FORTE Ensemble. They aim to raise awareness of the issues and difficulties surrounding deafness, and encourage and support deaf individuals in their musical learning.

Where: Workshops in schools and in the community, teacher training as well as presentations and performances.

Who: Aimed at children and young people, although workshops and presentations are available to adults and professionals.