A Music-Related Quality of Life Measure to Guide Music Rehabilitation for Adult Cochlear Implant Users Purpose A music-related quality of life (MuRQoL) questionnaire was developed for the evaluation of music rehabilitation for adult cochlear implant (CI) users. The present studies were aimed at refinement and validation. Method Twenty-four experts reviewed the MuRQoL items for face validity. A refined version was completed by ... Research Article
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Research Article  |   June 15, 2017
A Music-Related Quality of Life Measure to Guide Music Rehabilitation for Adult Cochlear Implant Users
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Giorgos Dritsakis
    Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton, UK
  • Rachel M. van Besouw
    Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton, UK
  • Pádraig Kitterick
    National Institute for Health Research, Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit, UK
  • Carl A. Verschuur
    Auditory Implant Service, University of Southampton, UK
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Giorgos Dritsakis: G.Dritsakis@ucl.ac.uk
  • Editor: Sumitrajit Dhar
    Editor: Sumitrajit Dhar×
  • Associate Editor: Ryan McCreery
    Associate Editor: Ryan McCreery×
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Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Newly Published / Research Article
Research Article   |   June 15, 2017
A Music-Related Quality of Life Measure to Guide Music Rehabilitation for Adult Cochlear Implant Users
American Journal of Audiology, Newly Published. doi:10.1044/2017_AJA-16-0120
History: Received December 10, 2016 , Revised January 27, 2017 , Accepted February 10, 2017
 
American Journal of Audiology, Newly Published. doi:10.1044/2017_AJA-16-0120
History: Received December 10, 2016; Revised January 27, 2017; Accepted February 10, 2017

Purpose A music-related quality of life (MuRQoL) questionnaire was developed for the evaluation of music rehabilitation for adult cochlear implant (CI) users. The present studies were aimed at refinement and validation.

Method Twenty-four experts reviewed the MuRQoL items for face validity. A refined version was completed by 147 adult CI users, and psychometric techniques were used for item selection, assessment of reliability, and definition of the factor structure. The same participants completed the Short Form Health Survey for construct validation. MuRQoL responses from 68 CI users were compared with those of a matched group of adults with normal hearing.

Results Eighteen items measuring music perception and engagement and 18 items measuring their importance were selected; they grouped together into 2 domains. The final questionnaire has high internal consistency and repeatability. Significant differences between CI users and adults with normal hearing and a correlation between music engagement and quality of life support construct validity. Scores of music perception and engagement and importance for the 18 items can be combined to assess the impact of music on the quality of life.

Conclusion The MuRQoL questionnaire is a reliable and valid measure of self-reported music perception, engagement, and their importance for adult CI users with potential to guide music aural rehabilitation.

Acknowledgments
Funding is acknowledged from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Grant awarded to the University of Southampton, EP/K503150/1 and by the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service (USAIS) Donations Grant. We are grateful to all our participants for their help. We would also like to thank Professor Helen Cullington from the USAIS, Action on Hearing Loss, the Ear Foundation, the British Association of Music Therapy, and Caroline Bartrop from the Hearing Implant Centre of Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital (London) for their help with participant recruitment.
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