‘Music to our ears’
According to the national charity Action on Hearing Loss, 1 in 6 people in the UK population have some level of deafness, and this is set to grow to 1 in 5 by 2031. Studies on musical listening and performance, which are numerous and show that music plays a central role in many people’s lives, rarely consider levels of deafness. This seminar will outline key findings from the AHRC-funded ‘Hearing Aids for Music’ project (2015-2018) which is exploring how levels of hearing impairment and the use of hearing aid (HA) technology affect music listening experiences. Data have been collected from over 1,000 HA users through a series of studies. This includes a clinical survey among HA users in NHS and private clinics, an in-depth interview study with musicians and non-musicians, and a large-scale online survey exploring links between levels of deafness, HA technologies, musical training, musical genres and formats (live and recorded), and music listening experiences. Key findings will be outlined, followed by a discussion of how insights are being translated into resources for HA users and audiologists to help improve access to music within this subset of the population, both within the UK and internationally.
Dr Alinka Greasley is Associate Professor of Music Psychology in the School of Music at the University of Leeds having studied a BSc in Human Psychology (Aston) and a PhD in Music Psychology (Keele) where she specialises in social-psychological research into musical preferences and listening behaviour using both quantitative and qualitative psychological research methods. She is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research. Alinka is also a violinist, pianist and DJ.