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Mobile hearing clinic aims to spread hearing loss awareness through music

A mobile hearing clinic is touring the country, not only proving free screenings and ear protection, but also sharing the joy of music. 

Songs for Sound, a charity that works to protect and restore hearing, has been touring the country with a mobile hearing clinic since 2015. The charity stops at local festivals and events to test people’s hearing and bring awareness to hearing loss. 

With around 2,000 hearing tests completed their first summer, this year’d first full-year-tour has been bigger than ever imagined.

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Playing Classical Guitar after Hearing Loss: Q&A with Charles Mokotoff

Are you a musician who lost your hearing? If you are, you surely are not alone.

I first met Charles Mokotoff, a professional classical guitarist, through the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss (AAMHL) in Washington DC.  The association serves as a resource for musicians both professional and amateur to exchange information and promote each others work and journey.

Charles has a tragic hearing loss story and yet a highly successful musical life.  

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How to Enjoy Music after Hearing Loss

Does hearing loss affect how we enjoy music? If so, is it possible to regain our enjoyment of music even after hearing loss?

Many of us with hearing loss have stopped listening to music because it does not sound how we remember it. Nevertheless,  more musicians, singers and music lovers with hearing loss are coping and finding their way back to music.

Recently I attended a seminar about the impact of hearing loss and hearing aids on music enjoyment that was hosted and led by Geoff Plant, a hearing rehabilitation specialist, musician and mentor of mine. The seminar explored the challenges of experiencing music after hearing loss, the claim that hearing aids do not always provide a quality musical experience, and strategies being used to more fully enjoy music. 

Here’s what I learned… 

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Peter Silberman: I returned to music quietly after painful tinnitus, hearing loss

The Antlers‘ Peter Silberman suffered from a “tremendous,” “all-consuming” tinnitus and hearing loss in his left ear before slowly returning to music again.

The 30-year-old songwriter, vocalist and guitarist told NPR’s All Songs +1 podcast that his hearing loss caused him to retreat from music, friends and public spaces, but after slowly starting to playing music quietly again, he’s ready to release his first solo album.

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Sting: Hearing aids made me hear “more than I wanted to”

Rock legend Sting has admitted to having hearing loss, but claims he doesn’t like wearing hearing aids.

The 65-year-old singer-songwriter and actor told Sirius XM’s Artists Confidential on Tuesday that he wasn’t happy with his hearing aid experience.

“I tried wearing a hearing aid, but I heard more than I wanted to hear!” he said. “People talk a lot of s**t!”

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Study: Risky listening habits causing tinnitus in teens

It’s common for teens to engage in risky behaviour, but one common activity may result in the loss of their hearing in the future.

According to new research, an alarming number of young people are experiencing tinnitus from being exposed to loud music.

Tinnitus, the persistent ringing, buzzing, or whistling in ears, is often a sign of early hearing damage. It is not only unpleasant, but can also lead to severe problems like depression or anxiety.

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Community Spotlight: Deaf hip hop artist helps us feel the beat with BSL

We love it when people share their hearing loss stories with us on social media. Our community often provides comfort, encouragement, inspiration and support for others in similar situations. Recently we connected with one of our Instagram friends, Kevin Walker @signkidgram, who is a deaf hip hop artist. 

 This is his story:

Jill: Thanks for sharing your music video with us! What inspired you to make your music, and use British Sign Language (BSL) in your music videos?

Kevin: When I was young, my big brother was watching a Michael Jackson music video on TV, and I remember being so moved by his dancing. At that time the music video was not subtitled, so I was only able to see the beat through his movements. I would watch as my big brother tried to copy his dance style, like the moonwalk. It inspired me to make my own beats and rhymes for the music world. Music videos still aren’t very accessibly for deaf and hard of hearing people, and this is what I’m trying to accomplish at the moment.

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Rock singer’s hearing loss is an important moment for change

The lead singer of rock group AC/DC, Brian Johnson, was told recently by his doctors that he risked total hearing loss if he continued to tour and perform with the band. What seemed like an individual musician’s tragic heartbreak has turned into a cause célèbre and is resonating throughout the music industry. And that’s a good thing. 

Specifically, Johnson was advised that if he continued to perform at large venues, he risked total deafness. He later told Rolling Stone magazine, “While I was horrified at the reality of the news that day, I had for a time become aware that my partial hearing loss was beginning to interfere with my performance on stage. I am not a quitter and I like to finish what I start, nevertheless, the doctors made it clear to me and my bandmates that I had no choice but to stop performing on stage for the remaining shows and possibly beyond.”

But many things have been said since then, that has brought into view a slew of issues that all musicians, those who listen to music, and those who attend concerts might keep in mind – for the “times, they are a changin’.”

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Parents push the boundaries for deaf kids

Every Friday we’ll feature the most buzzed about topics relating to the “hearing loss” community. Join us on social media or check in on the Hearing Like Me forum, and find out how our community is going viral!

We’re still amazed at all the wonderful hearing loss stories that went viral last year. Aside from our list of 10 Hearing Loss Stories that Defined 2015, two stories relating to the deaf community was picked by Mashable’s 10 Amazing Parents Who Inspired us in 2015 list.

Parents play such an important role in helping their children adjust to and be proud of wearing their hearing technology, and we’re glad they’re getting viral attention!

Here are the #1 and #6 stories from the list:

  1. A UK supermom designed colorful superhero hearing aids for kids.parents make cool hearing aids

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