Hearing aids at the Thackray Medical Museum

Thackray logoGoing back in time: hearing aids through the decades

In March this year, just a few weeks into our project ‘Hearing aids for music’, the project team visited the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds.

We wanted to learn something about the history of hearing aids from the important collection of amplification and audiology equipment housed there.

But we also had another agenda… We wanted to see if there was any evidence in the collection of hearing aids having been used to amplify music – not just speech.

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‘Hearing aids for music’ project secures £250k AHRC funding

ahrc-logoThe School of Music at the University of Leeds is celebrating as Dr Alinka Greasley has secured a significant research grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Dr Alinka Greasley is a Music Psychologist who has secured an award of £247,295 for a project that will explore the music listening behaviour of people with hearing impairments.

The three year interdisciplinary project will bring together researchers in the fields of music psychology and clinical audiology and represents the first large-scale systematic investigation of how music listening experiences are affected by deafness and the use of hearing aids.

She will lead the project accompanied by Co-Investigator Dr Harriet Crook, from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Robert Fulford, Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Music Psychology at the University of Leeds.

The research will benefit from the input of a highly esteemed advisory panel consisting of academics and practitioners with expertise in auditory processing, signal processing, HA fitting, HA manufacturing, hearing therapy and deaf education.