Aural Diversity Workshop 1: Hearing Care and Hearing Technologies

Aural Diversity Workshop 1: Hearing Care and Hearing Technologies

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Aural Diversity Workshop 1: Hearing Care and Hearing Technologies

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This workshop will examine the ways in which hearing care and hearing technologies currently address hearing differences, and how they might be improved in the future in an interdisciplinary context that includes the arts and humanities alongside technical and scientific fields. It will address questions such as: In what ways do hearing healthcare practitioners address aural diversity in their practice? How can we improve hearing care through increased understanding of different hearing and listening types? How have hearing and assistive technologies been designed over time to account for hearing difference? What new developments would improve hearing technologies for aural diversity? How could changes in hearing care and hearing technologies affect developments in the arts and humanities?

The two days will run online between 10am - 4pm, with sessions happening on Zoom. All sessions with be captioned, BSL interpreted and recorded.

Please click here to view the full programme.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions: info@auraldiversity.org

Background:

Everybody hears differently! But our world is built on an assumption that everybody has the ears of a healthy 18-year old (BSISO226:2003; Sterne 2012). In fact, our hearing changes all the time. We experience varying amounts of hearing loss as we age (presbyacusis). Millions of people suffer from a range of more severe hearing losses related to conditions, disorders, traumas and shocks. And differences in hearing need not necessarily mean loss. Increased sound sensitivity (hyperacusis), aversion to sounds (misophonia), and tinnitus are experienced by many. The Aural Diversity network seeks to address this complex picture by researching differences in hearing and listening, bringing together scholars and practitioners working across a broad range of disciplines such as music and performance arts, sound studies and soundscape, sound environment design, acoustics and noise studies, transport, and speech.