March 13-15, 2016 • San Diego, CA


3/15/2016  |   9:40 AM - 10:10 AM   |  Topical Session 4   |  Pacific Salon 6/7   |  4 - Early Intervention

Music as a Tool for Improving Audition

This presentation will review approximately 20 peer reviewed studies on the relationship between music and spoken language. Even a small amount of music instruction has been shown to improve pitch perception, phonemic awareness and hearing in noise. The presenter own study on efferent suppression of otoacoutic emissions in classical musicians verses non-musicians will be presented as well. Music can provide children with a non-threatening way to communicate with each other and it stimulates the pleasure center of the brain which innately makes it a positive reinforcer. In additional to enhancing audition, music can also increase confidence in children. Auditory Integration Therapy (AIT) for the treatment of autism will be reviewed. Ways to incorporated music into audioloical practice will be discussed. Learners will be encouraged to think of ways in which they can incorporate music into treatment plans, as well as into daily and weekly routines.

  • Learning will be able to name three ways in which music can improve audition.
  • Learning will be able to name three attributes of music which make it an excellent theraputic tool.
  • Learners will be encouraged to identify resourses for music education in their community.

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Shanda Brashears (Primary Presenter), Nemours duPont Hospital for Children, sbrashea@nemours.org;
Shanda Brashears is a Pediatric and Rearch Audiologist with the Nemours, duPont Hospital for Children. She received her Masters Degree in Communication Disorders at the Louisiana State University School of Health Sciences and began her career in audiology at the Kresge Hearing Research Laboratory. She received her AuD from the CMU/Vanderbilt Distance Learning Program and has published in the areas of Auditory Neuropathy, Genetics of Hearing Loss, Efferent Suppression, and Auditory difference in Musicians.


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