Making music despite hearing loss

Music and Lyricals in Song without Words

Music is the heart of the deaf, says Gerald Shea, after discovering he has been living with a hearing loss for years, in his new memoir, Song without Words. »

Hearing Loss at the Opera

The opera singer Ben Luxon denied his hearing loss until he couldn’t anymore. An exclusive excerpt from Katherine Bouton's new book, Shouting Won't Help. »

Top 5 on Music and Hearing

A sign language interpreter gives the thumbs-down to Lance Armstrong's musical talent, plus four other great articles on music and hearing loss for March. »

Hearing Health Affirmations

Hearing Health Affirmations

Do you have a hearing loss? Learn about how hearing health affirmations, positive declarations you make to yourself, can supplement traditional medicine. »

Top 5 on Music and Hearing

“She could feel the bass thumping in her throat. Cocktail glasses bounced. Heavy vases shimmied along surfaces to the beat.” This and more in our February news roundup on hearing loss and music. »


You Don’t Look Like You Have a Hearing Loss

Janice Schacter Lintz, who has been on a mission to install hearing loops in public places for people living with hearing loss, explains how it all works. »

An Incredibly Deaf Musical Probes Hearing Loss

An Incredibly Deaf Musical Probes Hearing Loss

In this interview, Jay Alan Zimmerman opens up about his experience with hearing loss and how it drove him to create, produce, and perform in a musical. »


Broadway’s Beethoven Composes Despite Hearing Loss

Known as Broadway's Beethoven, Jay Alan Zimmerman still composes despite having a profound hearing loss that leaves him deaf to all sounds above middle C. »

Composer Notes: Beethoven’s Hearing Loss

Composer Notes: Beethoven’s Hearing Loss

Beethoven's hearing loss, although it occurred in 18th century Vienna, came with embarrassment, secrecy, and stigma that are still familiar to many today. »

Birdsong and High-Frequency Hearing Loss

Birdsong and High-Frequency Hearing Loss

For Nancy M. Williams, high-frequency hearing loss comes with a fear of eventual deafness, but she finds power in birds’ songs and hope in their genetics. »

High-Frequency Hearing Loss Bugaboo

High-Frequency Hearing Loss Bugaboo

An amateur pianist living with high-frequency hearing loss, Nancy M. Williams offers practical, everyday tips for taking care of and wearing hearing aids. »

How My Hearing Aids Helped Me Rediscover Eyes

After being fitted for new hearing aids, Nancy M. Williams stops relying on lipreading and discovers the emotional resonance of looking into people's eyes. »

Nancy M. Williams at piano

How My New Hearing Aids Affected My Adult Piano Lessons

Upgrading to new hearing aids with a special music setting affected this amateur pianist's piano technique and playing in more ways than she was expecting. »

If a Tree Falls: Hearing Loss Redeemed

In her moving memoir If a Tree Falls, the author Jennifer Rosner writes of her family’s genetic hearing loss and deafness, plus her relationship with music. »


Hearing Aids at My Piano Recital

Nancy M. Williams' hearing aids become public knowledge after she forgets to turn them to the music setting before a performance, and decides to start over. »

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