Beyond Hearing – Music for Hard of Hearing

Hard of Hearing No Longer Need to Miss Out

As humans, our senses guide us throughout the world. Inevitably, their functionality varies from person to person. Sometimes these variations can affect the quality of our life. When it comes to hearing, we rely on many ‘audible cues’ in our daily life. When our hearing ability is impaired we need to find substitutes to acquire these audible ‘cues’.

Hearing aids have been developed do just that. But in reality, these aids have their limitations – as they are designed mainly to amplify speech such that hard of hearing can engage in normal conversation. But sound, other than conversation is a very important element in our life. Think of other types of sound – as hard of hearing there are some things we are missing. When it comes to activities that add to our happiness, like playing video games or listening to music, hard of hearing people often feel left out.

Music is a Multi-Layered Experience

Indeed, normal hearing aids can assure that we can communicate in a conversation. However, other activities that involve sound that add to our quality of life and need a different approach.

Sounds have a tangible, physical momentum. Essentially, a sound is a mechanical wave. We can examine the whole concept of hearing: sound physically moves through the air and reaches our inner ear. Our inner ear has tiny receptor cells which translate the sound ‘vibrations’ into electrical signals. They do that in accordance with the sound amplitude, tone, rhythm and other musical elements.

Furthermore, music also has physical attributes that are felt outside the ear. For example, reverberations caused by bass sounds and drum beats. These frequencies are close to the resonant frequency of our chest cavity. This explains why we physically feel these low-frequency sounds in the chest and torso area. This effect creates an adrenaline rush that gives music its emotional impact. It’s what makes music really unforgettable and connecting.

Feel music as a hard of hearing person?

Your Instincts Knew It All Before

Hard of Hearing people have figured it out themselves. The sensation of music gives them a strong instinct to follow its physicality.

Soon, many discover that music is best felt when they get closer to the sound source, or to a surface that resonates and vibrates in sync with the rhythm. So in a dance club, they will get as close to the woofers as possible – sometimes by even resting their palms upon the vibrating surface. Other times they’ll take their shoes off to sense the floor slightly ‘moving’ under their feet.

In a video that has gone viral with more than 18M views, deaf singer Mandy Harvey does the same as she sings barefoot and feels the music’s resonance feedback through the floor. Mandy simply created direct physical contact with the sound.

Haptics Unleash the Full Potential of Music

We can start to see how music is a multi-layered experience you can amplify by physical contact. Strap™ is a perfect device to deliver this heightened feeling. It does this with haptics or haptic technology. It does not matter where you are on the hearing spectrum – anyone can feel it.

Thus, Strap™ is an ideal solution for the hard of hearing. It creates physical contact with the sound regardless of how close you are to the musical sound source. You don’t have to be barefoot – you will experience the resonance and beats better with Strap™ even if you are seated. Haptics is a fast-growing market aimed for everyone who wants to increase the immersive sensation of music.

Discover Music Beyond Hearing

Haptics adds a valuable dimension to music for everyone. But when it comes to hard of hearing, it’s essential. Strap™ enables the hard of hearing to fully enjoy the many activities that rely on sound  – without the need to be in close proximity to the sound source. And for everyone – it enables us to discover the energy of music beyond hearing.

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