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General Information on Hearing and Musical Acoustics
- Tutorial on how the ear works and the concept of decibels – from the Electronic Music Division located within the School of Music at University of California, Santa Cruz.
- Frequency-note conversion table. Generally, audiologists (especially those who don’t play music) don’t talk to music educators and music educators don’t talk to audiologists. Hearing aid and cochlear implant users are generally at a loss to describe their music/pitch perception experiences to their audiologists. This graphic of a piano keyboard notes the name of each key (for example, C4 is middle C) and the frequency (261.63 hertz)
Blogs and Magazines on Music and Hearing Loss
- Deafened but Not Silent – Peter Selmacovich is a trained audiologist and musician in Canada who is also losing his hearing. In his blog he talks about ways to make ensemble playing easier for the musician who has hearing loss
- Fehr Hears – Sebastian Fehr is an amateur trumpet player from Austria. He blogs extensively on the state of cochlear implants and education for people with hearing loss in Austria. The website is in German, but click on the language widget on the left side to read it in English.
- Grand Piano Passion™ is an online magazine for pianists and all musicians with hearing loss from flutists to violists to vocalists, with both inspirational and how-to articles on how to make music with a hearing loss.
- Hear the Music – Dr. Marshall Chasin’s blog on programming hearing aids for music performance.
Music Instruction for People with Hearing Loss
- MultiSensory Sound Lab – The MSL is technology created by Oval Window Audio in an effort to explain what sound and music is to deaf students.
- Music and Deafness – This web page by Carol Linsenmeier has several bibliographies on music instruction for deaf children. Please note that some links do not work.
Music Perception with Hearing Aids
- A Musician Speaks Out on Hearing Aids – Bassist Rick Ledbetter details his experiences in getting his digital CIC hearing aids properly adjusted for music production.
Music Induced Hearing Loss
- Marshall Chasin’s FAQ for Music-Induced Hearing Loss This FAQ answers some commonly asked questions about hearing loss from musicians. It is written in an engaging and sometimes humorous style.
- Preventing Hearing Damage when Using Earplugs – This is a highly technical article on how one can best use earphones to minimize hearing loss.
Other Organizations focused on Music and Hearing Loss
- H. E. A. R. – Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers. This organization bills itself as a “non-profit information source for musicians and music lovers.” A lot of information here on hearing conservation and earplugs.
- Hearing Aids for Music This is a website that discusses hearing aids for listening music. This is a project that originated at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.
- Music and the Deaf. A nonprofit in the United Kingdom devoted to providing music education for hearing-impaired children.
- Music Research Institute for Individuals with Hearing Disability – this is a research institute based at the Senzoku College of Music in Japan. They do a lot of work to provide musical experiences for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. (Note: this is a Japanese language website only).
Consumer Organizations for Adults with Hearing Loss
- Association of Late-Deafened Adults (United States)
- Hearing Link. Hearing Link is the organization in the United Kingdom for people with hearing loss, their families and friends. It makes it easy to find information, services and support, and to connect with others so experiences, knowledge and advice can be shared.
- Hearing Loss Association of America (United States)
- Virginia Relay is a free public service that breaks down communication barriers for those who are deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind, or have difficulty speaking. Offering a variety of telecommunication solutions, Virginia Relay keeps families and friends connected. Visit varelay.org to learn more.