RNCM Research Forum – Alinka Greasley
The impact of hearing loss and the use of hearing aids on music listening and performance.
Wednesday 22 March 2023, 4.15pm
RNCM Lecture Theatre
Our new series of Research Forums will be livestreamed from the RNCM YouTube channel. The audience has the opportunity to hear presentations from academics, performers and composers, and to engage in the exchange of ideas that follows. Talks usually last about an hour, including a Q&A session. Join us in person or watch this session livestreamed.
This talk will summarise findings from the Hearing Aids for Music project (www.musicandhearingaids.org) to characterise how hearing loss and the use of hearing aid technology affect music listening and performance. Drawing on data from survey and interview studies with over 1,500 hearing aid users, the talk will show that whilst hearing aids enable music perception, providing benefit to people with all levels of deafness, they can negatively affect sound quality and often perform poorly in live music contexts. Some of the specific difficulties reported by performers will be highlighted, alongside strategies for improving musical experiences in different musical settings.
Free admission, no ticket required.