Music by literal definition mean “vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion”. In simple terms, it is a combination of sounds produced to please listeners ears. Having said that, there is a common belief in the society in general that differently able audience especially hard of hearing people will not be able to enjoy and appreciate music. Well, this myth can be easily busted as increasing number of deaf audience are actually enjoying the music and even producing the same. As a matter of fact, music producing companies or individuals are making a point to cater to the special needs of deaf people through various innovative ways while releasing music or hosting live shows or concerts.
First of all, we must understand how deaf people get in touch with music. Use of hearing aids or implants is certainly one way to listen and enjoy it as normal people do. However hard of hearing people have been appreciating songs and sounds long before these scientific inventions that help them to hear have come into picture. God has blessed them with high levels of senses that help in feeling sounds. They basically feel the vibrations produced when a sound is created. Different instruments create different decibels of sounds and in turn vibrations differ as well. They take advantage of these differences to fall in love with music around them.
Secondly when it comes to music, besides sounds lyrics play a crucial role. Lyrics makes us feel connected as per situations in our personal lives. Be it videos played in our smart gadgets or on huge screens in concerts, music or event producers are making it a point to run subtitles continuously for the benefit of audience especially audibly challenged ones. While the deaf audience are feeling the vibrations by increasing the volume, subtitles are giving the 360 degrees enjoyment and satisfaction while listening to music. It is just not subtitles but sign language professionals are hired to communicate lyrics as well.
Last but not the least, as mentioned earlier science is bringing improved hearing aids and cochlear implants to ensure that audibly challenged people get an equal opportunity to listen to everything. These implants and newer scientific developments are helping deaf people to enjoy music to the maximum extent possible. They do not need to bump volume anymore but listen and feel music like everyone else around them does. These implants are getting better and financially accessible to the common people. There are infants and kids heard music or listen to parents talking for the first time using them.
Be it feeling the vibrations or using implants, how deaf people are getting in touch with music is really fascinating as they are exploring unknown territories and enjoying life as others without limiting themselves to their circumstances or physical abilities. Thanks to the music producers, scientists, doctors and event managers who are not leaving any effort to inculcate an inclusive atmosphere for the deaf audience.