For Kathleen, music is her soul and she could never imagine a world without it. ‘It’s a big part of who I am,’ says the mother of three.
But despite taking active steps for years to reconnect with music, her experience has been limited to two genres – traditional rock’n’roll and some basic country – because of her difficulties with pitch perception.
That has all changed since Kathleen started using Bring Back the Beat, a free smart phone app developed to help recipients with Cochlear Nucleus hearing implants reconnect with music.
‘It’s an amazing app that has allowed me to practise my pitch perception, melodies and different areas that I could never have done on my own.’
The interactive app uses gaming to bring to life five different activities centred around pitch and music perception. The activities start with simple notes and instruments and build to more complex melodies and musical activities.
In this short video, hear Kathleen talk about how Bring Back the Beat has ‘definitely allowed me to expand my music horizons’.