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Synthetic Life: Music Therapy, Active Noise Cancelling and Neonatal Intensive Care

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Background Over the past decades, music therapy in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has been proven effective on physiological and psychological outcomes, including sucking, behaviour, stress reduction, neurodevelopment and promoting emotional bonding. However, not every NICU administers music therapy in their ward. Research on music therapy for neonates and their caregivers has lately accumulated, increasing the evidence of health benefits on brain development and across a variety of NICU -related pathologies, including neurological, cardiological, pulmonary and gastrointestinal problems.

Rational Music-based therapies and interventions in NIC Us are a relatively new type of intervention to promote general healthcare, neural development and well-being of the neonate. NICU -MT interventions have shown promising results in offering infant support, including physiological stability, behavioural states, and (neuro)development. Moreover, MT interventions have shown to reduce parental state anxiety significantly or more rapidly in comparison to standard care in different studies. In line of these findings, analysing sounds from outside of the incubator – even though these will be reduced to a minimum in the near future with alarms and other sounds being moved away from the bedside – as well as from the inside, are fulling the current development of an Active Noise Cancelling Incubator and our understanding of sensory hypersensitivity.

Objectives Stage I of this proposal is to investigate the effects of music therapy on hemodynamics, neurological outcomes and hyperacusis in neonates of families with an autistic child. Informed by these results, Stage II will incorporate the data into building a Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) Incubator to alleviate auditory issues leading to sensory hypersensitivity.

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