College of Health Professions

Date of Last Revision

2021-09-15 13:44:25


Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Honors Course

7700 496-002

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021


The purpose of this scoping review was to provide information about the current research related to audiological practices regarding the population of musicians who use cochlear implants technology. This scoping review included studies that investigated post implantation therapy/activities designed to assist users who were also musicians. A scoping review identifies trends and gaps in available evidence. This information can be used to inform on practices currently being used in the audiologic field and identify areas for further research. A scoping review was conducted in April 2021 to identify English-language peer-reviewed journal articles published from 2010 to March 2021. Thematic analysis was used to identify trends among the literature. Six articles were identified that met the inclusion criteria. Four themes related to type of intervention were identified to explore improvements in music skill outcomes in cochlear implant users who were musicians, including: processor, music perception, post implant therapy, and questionnaire. Gaps in the literature were identified regarding the population of cochlear implant users who are musicians. More research in this area is imperative to assist in identifying effective interventions as well as to assist in device choice for the musicians that use or are looking at using cochlear implant technology as well as continuing their lives in the music world post implantation.

Research Sponsor

Alex Meibos

First Reader

Kathern Sigal-Papp

Second Reader

Scott Palasik

Honors Faculty Advisor

James Steiger



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