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By Rob Weinberg,
17th August 2016

Ludwig was still pumping out the masterpieces - even when he was completely deaf. Here's how he did it.

"For the last three years my hearing has grown steadily weaker..." - so wrote Beethoven, aged 30, in a letter to a friend.

The young Beethoven was known as the most important musician since Mozart. By his mid-20s, he had studied with Haydn and was celebrated as a brilliant, virtuoso pianist.

Beethoven's life timeline: 1770 - 1802 >

By the time he turned 30 he had composed a couple of piano concertos, six string quartets, and his first symphony. Everything was looking pretty good for the guy, with the prospect of a long, successful career ahead.

Then, he started to notice a buzzing sound in his ears  . . .

Read more  . . . Beethoven



An a cappella singer and bilateral implant recipient, Keri Reynolds understands how important music appreciation is for many cochlear implant recipients. Prepared with patience and positivity, Keri began the journey of relearning how to appreciate music. Keri is part of the MED-EL USA Team and shares with us her personal top tips for music appreciation with a cochlear implant.

“Music shaped my world and adds listening beauty. It is truly the stuff of life.”

As a cochlear implant user for over 10 years, some of the most frequently asked questions I receive from new and existing CI recipients are: “What about music?” “Does music sound like you remember?” “Does it sound good?” I suppose recipients ask these questions because music is so much a part of who we are. It seems that whenever music starts, we involuntarily respond with foot tapping, fingers snapping, and hands clapping. We react because we enjoy it and music moves us to join in.

Read more . . . Music Appreciation



TECH Juice - Pakistan
By Muneeb Ahmad
August 2, 2016

Ahead of the launch of Coke Studio’s Season 9, Coca-Cola has partnered with Deaf Reach Schools and Training Center to make history and has created music for the deaf or the people with some kind of hearing impairment. Advanced technologies are being employed to create an environment for the deaf community allowing them to feel what it actually is like to hear music.

The initiative titled as “Coke Studio for the Deaf”, was launched by Coke Studio just recently. In a bid to provide music to ‘everyone’, Coca-Cola created Coke Studio for the 9 million people in Pakistan bearing a full or partial hearing loss.

Read more  . . . See captioned / translated video



Ingrid Michaelson got particularly hands-on for her latest music video.

The indie pop artist released the official clip of her new breakup single "Hell No" in April, and it was the first music video completely filmed on Snapchat. But after seeing the Deaf West theater company's Spring Awakening cast perform on the Tony Awards last month, she was inspired to recreate the music video for a wider range of viewers.

So, Michaelson tapped six actors from the theater company who range from hard of hearing to deaf, and they appear in her new "Hell No" music video performing the lyrics translated to American Sign Language – and PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at the music video.

Read more  . . . See video . . .  Ingrid Michaelson



By Graham Hartmann
May 24, 2016 

Disturbed’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” has been one of the most well-received re-imaginings in modern music. Last night (May 23), two of the finalists on Dancing With the Stars based one of their numbers on “The Sound of Silence,” with the most adamant of enthusiasm coming from Disturbed.

Dancing With the Stars is down to three pairs of finalists. Male model / actor Nyle DiMarco and dance partner Peta Murgatroyd are close in their journey to capture the championship on Dancing With the Stars’ 22nd season. This is even more impressive considering DiMarco is deaf. Thus, he wanted to use “The Sound of Silence” to bring awareness to the deaf community’s history.

DiMarco sent the following message to Disturbed in hope of getting the band’s blessing to use “The Sound of Silence”:

Read More: Disturbed Give Music to Deaf Dancing With the Stars Finalist



by Chris Payne

Those with synesthesia claim to “see” sound as color. A tech-focused fashion house has developed a shirt that helps deaf people process music in another non-traditional method -- by feeling it.

CuteCircuit created something called the Sound Shirt, which translates sound into sensations felt across the wearer’s body. Different notes create different feelings across corresponding areas of the garment; in theory, it could provide the deaf with a whole new way of internalizing something they cannot hear.


Read more  . . . See Captioned Video  . . . Sound Shirt



April 19 2016

AC/DC recently had to reschedule the rest of its Rock or Bust World Tour after it became clear that Brian Johnson couldn’t continue to perform because of a hearing condition, which the singer opened up about in a note distributed Tuesday.

In the note, Johnson explains he “risked total deafness” if he kept performing at large venues “where the sound levels are beyond [his] current tolerance.” Guns ‘N Roses’ Axl Rose will be joining AC/DC on the remaining dates of their current tour.

Read more . . . AC/DC's Brian Johnson



Ultimate Classic Rock
By Dave Lifton
March 8, 2016

AC/DC were forced to postpone the remainder of their 2016 tour due to singer Brian Johnson’s risk of “total hearing loss.” This isn’t the first time that a rock ‘n’ roll star has dealt with this issue.

Some musicians, like Paul Stanley of Kiss and the Beach Boys‘ Brian Wilson, have struggled with hearing problems their entire lives. Stanley was born with Grade III microtia in his right ear, a congenital disease in which the external ear is underdeveloped, causing deafness. Wilson has also been unable to use his right ear since childhood, and it’s undetermined if he was born with a degenerative condition or if it was the result of his father’s physical abuse.

But what about hearing loss caused by a lifetime of exposure to sound at high volumes? Dr. Carol Rousseau, a clinical audiologist, tells Ultimate Classic Rock that “music-induced hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells in the cochlea or inner ear.

Read More . . . Rock ‘n’ Roll’s



Better Hearing Consumer
By Gael Hannan

I adore Christmas, especially the tingle-inducing music.  But this holiday season, I’m wondering—when did I lose the ability to sing it?  (Some in my family would tell you that I never had that ability, but they’re such kidders. They know I can sing well—if I manage to stay on key.)

Growing up, I sang in Christmas choirs (being flanked fore and aft and side by side by other singers helped keep me on key) at school and in church. My family sang Christmas carols in the car, belting out Joy to the World in harmony, more or less.

But it’s not easy anymore. When surrounded by other singers, I have trouble hearing myself and it shuts me down. But music made by other people still thrills—especially familiar music played at a reasonable volume, and if it’s a single voice not drowned out by an orchestra. When I’m home in my own house, I sing because there’s no one to wince if I’m off-key; our cats don’t recognize bad singing from good and my husband loves me too much to complain. But at Christmas time, music is meant to be shared, to be sung together so if I’m in a group, I just kind of move my lips and let little sounds out, audible and felt only to me.

Rea more . . . Christmas Music 


NBC News

#1 Deaf Jazz Singer - NBC report (Video Top of page)

How do you make a music video for the deaf and hearing impaired? That is what AT&T and indie pop outfit Walk the Moon had to figure out for the band's song "Different Colors."

The two teamed up with the Deaf Professional Arts Network to create a music video using American Sign Language (ASL) for AT&T's "Feel the Music" campaign.

As the director of the video, Jules Dameron, said in a "behind the scenes" video, deaf music fans have been making their own versions of popular music videos for awhile now.

The "Feel the Music" campaign is simply giving a professional sheen to what the deaf community has already been doing.

Read More  . . . Music watch captioned video

#2 Walk the Moon Music Video



"Just know you're not alone."

The Huffington Post
by Cameron Keady

Teens at Deaf Film Camp, a two-week camp for aspiring filmmakers who are deaf or hard of hearing, have released their 2015 American Sign Language music video -- for Phillip Phillips’ song “Home.”

"We picked 'Home' because the lyrics are simple, but heavy with soul," Wayne Betts, Jr., Deaf Film Camp co-founder, told "The concept of translation is abstract, and we try to capture that in the sign language. Translating the melody of the song into a visually meaningful way was a challenge."

Read entire Article

View Camp Video on YouTube




Cult of Mac
By David Pierini
June 9,2015

The best Beats headphones can’t help you if your ears are unable to hear certain subtle sounds. You can crank up the volume, but that only puts your hearing in peril.

The creators of Aumeo want to change the way you listen to music with an audio device that profiles your hearing – testing it with a smartphone app to find the frequency suited for each level – and offers sound-rich audio that lets you take your thumb off the volume button.

A person’s hearing is as unique as their fingerprints, but electronic audio devices provide more of a “one-size-fits-all” range of volume, according to Aumeo co-founder Paul Lee.

“We all hear differently and are sensitive to different sounds,” Lee said in written statement Tuesday. “With today’s . . . devices, consumers turn up the volume to hear more clearly.”

The result is widespread hearing loss, according to the Center for Disease Control, which estimated 5.2 million children and adolescents (aged 6-19) and 26 million adults (aged 20-69) suffer permanent damage from excessive exposure to noise. The CDC urges volume control on music to reduce risk.

Aumeo, which launched Tuesday on the crowd-funding site Indiegogo, claims its device can provide sound clarity without sacrificing hearing or audio quality. In the first five hours, Aumeo raised more than $30,000 en route to well exceeding a goal of $40,000.

The brushed-metal, pocket-sized square gadget connects with any audio device by either cable or a Bluetooth wireless connection and can work with Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube, Netflix and other media services, not just your personal audio files.

Read more . .see pictures  . Gadget



May 20, 2015
By Elly Gitau

Rapper Nonini has hit the booth to record a collabo track with a hearing and speech impaired rapper. Describing how it all happened, Nonini says that the "mystery" project has really changed his perspective on life.

"I have done lots of projects in my life but this one really showed me a new perspective to life and it's a mystery to me how I connected with the project on so many different levels. So one Saturday I am chilling and I get a call from producer Bruce Odhiambo to come to his studio Johari Cleff. Once I got there he gave me a story of how a rapper came to the Youth Fund offices not to ask for money but request for an opportunity to get into the booth and realise his dream and passion of becoming a musician," he says.

He continues, "The rapper's name is called Lal Daggy and he described me as the best guy he would love to work with. Then Bruce broke the news that Lal Daggy had a hearing and speach impairment. So how was the song going to work? Apparently, Lal Daggy can feel the beat/metronome although he can't hear the sounds. So I had to be his voice in a song he had written in English which I had to take, consume and translate it in a genge manner without losing the meaning. Basically, I was just a vessel passing through Lal Daggy's message to the world. Never experienced anything like that. Humbled and thank both Bruce and Lal Daggy for giving me the opportunity!"

See original article . . . hearing and speech challenged rapper





Toy’s London show is a breakthrough for hearing-impaired fans – it will be captioned. Why can’t more gigs cater for fans whose love of music hasn’t been stopped by deafness?

Tuesday March 24
Lee Walker

I was born in the middle of the 70s into a family and world swirling with music. One of my earliest memories is sitting cross-legged in awe of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 video on Top of the Pops, trying to decide whether I liked tomato ketchup more than brown sauce (I still haven’t decided). Fast-forward a few years, to the middle of the 80s, and everything was suddenly silenced. An attack of meningitis left me with permanent hearing loss. When I emerged from a coma, the first words to my mother were: “Tell me later mum, I can’t hear you.”

Coming to terms with my hearing loss was hard and frustrating. Learning to lipread enabled me to communicate with the so-called mainstream world and helped build my confidence and independence. I didn’t learn to sign, but I never gave up on music - religiously buying Smash Hits for the lyrics and watching Top of the Pops with the Teletext subtitles turned on.

Read More  . . . Music




(CNN)"Hey dude -- can you turn your music down?"

If anyone says this to you while you're wearing your earbuds, take note: You are probably endangering your hearing.

More than one billion teens and young adults are at risk of losing their hearing, according to WHO (that's the World Health Organization, not the rock band).

It's not just old folks who suffer hearing loss. Just by listening to music at what you probably think is a normal level, or hanging out in loud bars, nightclubs and music and sporting events, you can permanently damage your hearing.

By analyzing listening habits of 12- to 35-year-olds in wealthier countries around the world, WHO found nearly 50% of those studied listen to unsafe sound levels on personal audio devices and about 40% are exposed to damaging levels of music and noise at entertainment venues.

It doesn't take much time to damage your hearing at a sports bar or nightclub. According to the WHO, "exposure to noise levels of 100 dB, which is typical in such venues, is safe for no more than 15 minutes."