Hearing Aids For Music Conference 2017

Bringing together hearing aid users, researchers, audiologists and manufacturers to examine current issues and potential solutions in the perception of music through hearing aids

September -15 September 2017,

School of Music, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

£50 for two days, £30 for one day

(including lunch and refreshments)

Evening concert with “FORTE Ensemble” and wine reception £10




Hearing Aids Conference Programme FINAL


The conference will bring together deaf musicians and music lovers, hearing aid (HA) users, audiologists, researchers and hearing aid manufacturers from across the globe. They will share their knowledge and experiences discuss current and emerging technologies benefiting music listening and performance, and share recent research findings through a mixture of presentations and workshops.

We will also be sharing the outcomes of our project.

A primary focus will be to determine how conference findings might impact on current and future policy and practice. Alongside academic dissemination, there will also be performances by musicians with hearing impairments to provide further scope for discussion and engagement.

Speakers include:

Marshall Chasin (Canada) Musicians and the prevention of hearing loss

Alinka Greasley (UK) Hearing Aids for Music project

Sara Madsen (Denmark) Effects of hearing aids on music perception

Maja Serman/Mirko Arnold (Germany) Consideration of physical and perceptual factors in aided music listening

Volker Kuehnel (Switzerland) Music in the view of a hearing aid manufacturer

Erik Jorgensen (US) Musical engagement in children with hearing loss

Remi Marchand (Australia) Hearing aids and music: an analysis of the factors influencing user satisfaction

Kei Kobayashi (New Zealand)  Improving music preference through fitting psychoacoustic model with their equivalent rectangular bandwidth

Valerie Looi (Australia) Music perception of adult cochlear implant and hearing aid users

Workshops to include:

Thomas Behrens  –  Cognition, Hearing Aids and Music

Richard Vaughan and James Mander  –  Developments in Listening Technology – the changing world of assistive listening devices and wireless hearing aid accessories

Valerie Looi Working group- Developing rehabilitation tools for HA users

Sue Falkingham and Paul Lamb – Hearing technologies

Gary Holland – Optimising Hearing Technology for Music: it’s not all down to software

Harriet Crook and Heather Austin – Hearing Rehabilitation

Lorenzo Picinali and Yuli Levtov – 3D Tune-IN: Virtual hearing aids, binaural audio and gamification for better hearing aid adoption

Evening Concert and Wine Reception

Thursday 14th September

FORTE Ensemble

We are privileged to have the FORTE Ensemble join us on the evening of Thursday 14th September and they will be performing in the Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall.

The FORTE Ensemble is a unique group of  professional musicians who are deaf. Formed by the charity Music and the Deaf, the Ensemble is committed to promoting expectations for deaf peoples engagement and achievements in music, deaf performance opportunities for deaf musicians , and raise awareness of the issues surrounding music and deafness. 




If you have any questions or suggestions, please get in touch: HAFM2017@leeds.ac.uk