How Music Can Help Shape the Future of Hearing Health

How Music Can Help Shape the Future of Hearing Health

In Hearing Health, Research by Jack Felix, ACA, BC, HISLeave a Comment

Jack Felix, ACA, BC, HIS

Do you love music? A 2014 study conducted by Nielsen’s Music 360 found that, “93% of the U.S. population listens to music, spending more than 25 hours each week jamming out to their favorite tunes. In fact, 75% of Americans say they actively choose to listen to music, which is more than they claim to actively choose to watch TV (73%).” Music helps us get in touch with our emotions, reducing stress or motivating us to stay active, increasing our energy level. 

As we age, hearing loss becomes more common, affecting one in three people over the age of 65 and half of those over 75. This means it’s harder to hear our favorite music of choice whether it’s classical, jazz, gridcore, pop, heavy metal, gabber, or classic rock. The good news is that hearing aid technology is rapidly advancing to help you hear your favorite music, no matter your taste.

Music and a Sense of Self

For a lot of people music is an important part of their life. Not only can it change your mood and boost energy but for many it’s a way to connect. For musicians it’s a way to open up as an individual while connecting with others. When we start making music, we a consciousness of social conditioning and conscious thought. In its place we are directly connected to our emotions. This allows us to be in the present moment helping us to be more connected and expressive with our emotional selves. 

Music constructs our sense of identity through the direct experiences it offers of the body, time, sociability, experiences in which we experience it. This allows us to place ourselves in a cultural narrative. Many people place their musical taste as an interictal part of their identify. It can serve as a space and practice that builds community, giving people a sense of belonging to something larger than themselves and together, and often even having a specific task or mission to accomplish.

Hearing Aids and Music

Hearing aids of the past have focused primarily on amplifying conversation, however this can often mis the nuance of music. The wide range of highs and lows can get lost due to a loss of amplified range. However, hearing aid technology today acknowledges the importance of music as a way to connect to self and others in people’s life. There are now several models of hearing aids which have music settings which are better suited to amplify music so you can get the most out of it. music listening programs on your hearing aids can in a sense bring all the drama, mood, and color back to the music you love by, providing a rich, full sound even at pitches that are affected by your hearing loss. In the past hearing aid users would often turn up the volume on music players or on hearing aids to get more of the sound they struggled to hear. New innovations in music programing allow you to listen at a safe listening level without distortion.

Features Enhancing Your Music Experience

Not only are there now settings to enhance the music you love. Today’s hearing aids can send sound from your stereo, TV, smartphone, or personal listening player directly to your hearing aids wirelessly using Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth technology uses radio waves to wirelessly connect, allowing you to hear your favorite music clearly without distractions. 

Another feature which can enhance your enjoyment of music are induction loops. It can be difficult to always hear the music you came to experience when you attend a public performance. There are many distractions such as competing conversations. Also known as T-coils or hearing loops, this technology is designed for public spaces where sound is delivered to the public over an amplification system. By using electromagnetic signal, a T-coil can deliver the music you came to be a part of, whether it be a concert hall, auditorium, amphitheater, or music club. This allows you to connect to the music wirelessly by sending the induction loop signal directly to your ears.

Your Hearing Health

Are you ready to find out what the newest hearing aids can do for you and your enjoyment of music? Whether you are looking to upgrade or it’s your first time with hearing aids we can help you explore your options and find the best solution for you!

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