Making music despite hearing loss


Practice Listening with Your Memory

Practice listening using your auditory memory, recreating melodies and harmonies in your mind, to enhance your piano playing, suggests Jay Alan Zimmerman. »


Best of 2013: Sudden Hearing Loss, Making Music with Cochlear Implants, and More

Our top 13 articles of 2013 on music and hearing loss: studying viola with cochlear implants, practicing piano with high-frequency hearing loss, and more. »


Music’s Architecture after Sudden Hearing Loss

After sudden hearing loss in one ear, listening to music is a painful chore for Nick Coleman, who once experienced music as three-dimensional architecture. »


Top 5 on Music and Hearing

Hearing loss prevention in the rock industry, deaf rappers, and advancements in cochlear implant technology to improve music perception all made headlines. »


My Experience with Sudden Hearing Loss

An experience with sudden hearing loss and tinnitus in one ear affects listening to speech, music and sounds, but provides more of a push to play the piano. »


My First Walk4Hearing

After being invited to the HLAA Walk4Hearing, Nancy M. Williams at first resisted attending because she was still coming to terms with her own hearing loss. »


Top 5 on Music and Hearing

Noise-induced hearing loss for horn players, a memoir about losing music and a thoughtful rant against the term hearing impaired made the news in September. »


Practice Listening with Your Eyes

Deaf composer Jay Alan Zimmerman sheds light on ways to practice listening to deepen your understanding of music and the piano, including using visual cues. »


Hear This! An Anthology

Performed by musicians with hearing loss, Hear This! is a new CD anthology featuring tracks from pianists, guitarists, a cellist and others from the AAMHL. »


My Key to Music

To cope with a hearing loss, this singer and amateur pianist recalibrated her voice techniques and started using companion mics to access music once again. »


Piano Practice with High-Frequency Hearing Loss

High-frequency hearing loss has led amateur pianist Ricker Choi to perform with earplugs, turn down the volume, and spend practice time away from the piano. »


Top 5 on Music and Hearing

An app for listening to music with hearing loss, a family band with hearing aids, musical hallucinations, and loud restaurants all made headlines in August. »


Music Perception for Cochlear Implant Users

Cochlear implant users face unique challenges in playing and perceiving music. The AAMHL Web Conference brings together experts and users to exchange ideas. »


How a Mystery Guest Found Belonging

A songwriter and music practitioner with profound hearing loss, Blue O'Connell went from being a "mystery guest" to someone who knew her place in the world. »


Hearing Health Affirmations from a Singer

Hearing health for the hard of hearing can be strengthened by affirmations. A mezzo-soprano singer with conductive hearing loss makes positive statements. »


Sound, Vibration, and the Piano

A young piano student who wears cochlear implants describes what the notes sound like to her in these video clips from the documentary film Lost and Sound. »


Practice Listening with Your Body

Next time you practice piano, practice listening to and feeling the sounds and vibrations using your entire body, suggests deaf composer Jay Alan Zimmerman. »


Top 5 on Music and Hearing

Technology for pianists with hearing loss, musicality in dance lessons for the deaf, and an app made for deaf music fans were in the news and blogs in July. »


Hearing Loops for Musical Performances

For people with hearing loss, a musical performance can be transformative if the theater has a hearing loop. It's not always easy, explains Lorraine Gailey. »


Preparing for Fun and… WHAT?

Preparing for groups with hearing loss can be frustrating; how can you meet everyone's needs while running a smooth event? Jay Alan Zimmerman offers tips. »

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