Are you struggling to listen to and enjoy music? Are you worried about listening to music after getting a cochlear implant? See how Cochlear is here to help you on your journey to regaining the joy of music again.


Music is a common reason that people decide their hearing loss has progressed to needing an alternative solution to hearing aids. Music is a huge part of our world and being able to enjoy music is a goal for many after getting a cochlear implant.

Sue Y., a cochlear implant recipient, realized she was ready to take charge of her hearing when she could not fully enjoy the multitude of sounds and pitches in an orchestra. Sue said, “… you know, the high pitches and the low pitches, the flutes, the resonance of the bassoon, the tuba, I wanted to hear the full orchestra. And I also wanted to hear people’s voices, and I knew that those things were not going to be possible for me if I stayed on the track that I was on with the hearing aids. It wasn’t happening.” Sue now credits her cochlear implant for changing her life for the better and allowing her to enjoy the variety of sounds in music again. Watch her video to see more about her experiences with music after getting a cochlear implant:


Tools to support your journey to enjoying music again

The journey to regaining the joy of music is different for every cochlear implant recipient, but there are tools and support that we offer to help progress your journey to hearing music like you remember after getting a cochlear implant.

The Cochlear Nucleus® 7 and Kanso® Sound Processors have a SmartSound iQ1 Music scene that is designed to enhance your musical experience by filtering out unwanted noise, similar to the way natural hearing works.

Another great tool to use is a fun music therapy app called “Bring Back the Beat” that we designed to help Nucleus System recipients reconnect to music. Bring Back the Beat provides fun music training, which can actually improve your appreciation and perception of music. The app features games to help you recognize different notes and instruments or even build your own musical melodies. You can even expand your world of music with Spotify®, which you can link to via the app.

Listening to music after getting a cochlear implant graphicFinally, through direct streaming from your compatible2 smartphone, you can stream music and more directly to your cochlear implant sound processor.

Practicing listening to music is worth the effort

In a survey of music perception by Nucleus System users, participants who spent more time purposefully listening to music each week were more likely to:

  1. Describe music as sounding pleasant1,2
  2. Describe music as sounding natural and clear1,2
  3. Find music easy to follow1,2

While each person’s journey to enjoying music looks different, Cochlear offers many different tools that can help you enjoy music again after getting a cochlear implant.

Are you ready to begin your journey of regaining music as a joyful part of your life? Take the first step and learn more about cochlear implants today.

1Cochlear Americas Multicenter Study on the Evaluation of the UW-CAMP Music Test, 2007 [Data on file]. Lane Cove,Australia: Cochlear Ltd.

2Cochlear Internal Survey [Data on file] 2008 July.

  1. SNR-NR, WNR and SCAN are approved for use with any recipient ages 6 years and older, who is able to 1) complete objective speech perception testing in quiet and in noise in order to determine and document performance 2) report a preference for different program settings.
  2. Direct streaming available only with the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor from a compatible Apple® or Android™ device. For compatibility information, visit
Cara Lippitt
Cara Lippitt is the Senior Manager, Social Media Strategy at Cochlear Americas. Cara is inspired by the stories of the recipients that she is able to tell and the incredible journeys they have taken. Cara was born and raised in Colorado and adores the mountains, snow and the world of musical theatre.