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2013 AAMHL Web Conference

Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss

Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

2013 AAMHL Web Conference

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This is a 2.5 hours online conference on the topic, Listening and Making Music with a Hearing Loss: Issues for Cochlear Implant Users.  

The Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss (AAMHL) is pleased to announce our second web conference on September 7, 2013, featuring presentations on listening and making music with a hearing loss when you are a cochlear implant user.  The intended audience is for audiologists, consumers, musicians, music teachers who are interested in the effects of cochlear implantation on music perception and music performance.  The presenters will assume you do not have an extensive background in hearing science.

Technical details:  
We will be using voice-over IP (no calling in via phone) and captioning will be provided for this online event.  Web conference platform is Adobe Connect.  Real-time captioning will be provided.

IMPORTANT:  Please ensure that the computer you will be using to participate in this conference meets the technical requirements for Adobe Connect  9 prior to registering.  We will hold a few sessions in late August for attendees who are not familiar with Adobe Connect so they can become acquainted with the user interface.

If you have questions regarding the conference or registration, please email us at 


1.  Introduction of our Association and our presenters (1:00-1:05 pm EST) / Wendy Cheng

2.  Musical Interval Perception between Cochlear Implant Users and individuals with Normal Hearing (1:10-1:40 pm EST) / Dr. XIn Luo

3.  Factors that Contribute to and Impede Satisfactory Music Participation by Adult Cochlear Implant Users (1:45-2:15 pm EST)- / Dr. Kate Gfeller and Ms. Virginia Driscoll

4.   Developing a Music Rehabilitation Program  (2:15-2:45 pm EST) / Mr.. Richard Reed

5.   Cochlear Implant Musicians Panel   (2:45 to 3:30 pm EST) /  Wendy Cheng, Moderator:  Blue O'Connell, Lisa Jordan, Sara Gould, panelists

BIos of presenters and panelists:

Wendy Cheng 
is the founder of AAMHL, and is also studying viola and music theory while raising two musical daughters.  She hopes to obtain a music degree someday.

Dr. Xin Luo  is an assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University.  Prior to this appointment, he worked as a post-doctorate research fellow at the House Ear Institute.  Dr. Luo has authored many publication and studies on pitch perception and cochlear implants.   Dr. Luo's website


Dr. Kate Gfeller holds a joint appointment at the University of Iowa's Music Therapy department and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  She is currently the principal investigator of the Music Perception Project at the University of Cochlear Implant Clinics.     University of Iowa Music Perception Team

Virginia (Ginny) Driscoll is an investigator at the University of Iowa's Music Perception Project.  She received her masters in music therapy at the University of Iowa in 2006.

Richard Reed is a composer, musician and cochlear implant advocate.  Before losing his hearing to antibiotics, Richard played piano and Hammond organ with Junior Walk and the All Starts, Otis Rush, Mark Cutler, and many other R&B, Blues and Rock and Roll bands.  Unable to appreciate music for almost ten years, Richard underwent CI surgery in 2001.  Richard is certified by the Hearing Loss Association of America and Gallaudet University as a hearing loss specialist.  Richard is a guest lecturer at universities, symposiums and research facilities across the globe.  His experiential knowledge help researchers improve the fidelity to hearing loss technologies.    Here is an article Richard wrote about listening to music with a cochlear implant.

Blue O'Connell  is a music practitioner at the University of Virginia's Medical Center, a songwriter, and avid cochlear implant user.  She resides in the Charlottesville, Virginia area where she gives concerts in coffeehouse settings. 

Lisa Jordan received her bachelor's degree in music education from West Virginia University in 2004.  While working as a high school band director, she began to lose her hearing, and opted to receive bilateral cochlear implants in 2012.  Lisa has even performed her oboe and flute in musical ensembles post-implant.
Sara Gould began playing saxophone at the age of 9.  She continued playing all 4 kinds of saxophones even after her hearing loss progress to the profound stage.  She received her first cochlear implant in September 2009 and her second implant in December 2009.  She currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she plays with several saxophone ensembles. 


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Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

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Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss

The Association of Adult Musicias with Hearing Loss (AAMHL) seeks to assist adult musicians integrate hearing loss into their musical lives, or assist would-be adult music student integrate music into a life already affected by hearing loss.  

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