Do you wear hearing aids?

Do you listen to music? (Concerts, when watching TV, CDs, etc)

Please complete this online survey (BSL available) [external link]

We know a lot about why people like the music they do. Our preferences are shaped by our liking for musical features such as rhythm, instruments and lyrics, and how we use music in everyday life, for example: in social situations, for pleasure, to bring back memories, and to change our moods. However, very little research has focused on how hearing loss and the use of hearing aid technology affects people’s enjoyment of music.

1 in 7 people in the UK have a hearing loss and it is anticipated that this proportion will grow as a result of young people’s listening habits and an ageing population. Consequently we are working on a research project called ‘Hearing Aids for Music’, the first of its kind to explore hearing aid users’ engagement with music in detail.

We will be launching an online survey on September 20th 2016 and would like to recruit as many HA users as possible. The survey, which is available in BSL, will ask you about your hearing, your hearing aids, what sort of music you listen to, any musical training you may have had, and your experience of listening in different settings.

We are looking for participants: 
• with a confirmed hearing loss
• who wear hearing aids for at least an hour a day (including those with Bone Anchored Hearing Aids)

N.B. not cochlear implants as our focus is on hearing aid technology.

By completing this survey, you will be providing new data that will help us to better understand and improve the musical experiences of hearing aid users.

If you would like any further information, or have any questions, please contact us via the links below:

(n.b. links will take you to external websites).


Music and Hearing Aids Website  

Video - Hearing Aids for Music (with BSL)


Follow @musicndeafness on Twitter

Dr Alinka Greasley, Dr Jackie Salter, School of Music, University of Leeds

Dr Harriet Crook, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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