Everybody hears differently! From our early twenties onwards our hearing deteriorates (presbycusis). Millions of people have hearing conditions, ranging from profound deafness to increased sound sensivity (hyperacusis) and many others in between. Even having a cold can change the way we hear.
Yet the world of music and sound design is built on an assumption that everybody hears the same. A perfectly balanced pair of normally hearing ears is the standard in everything from headphones to concerts, from environmental planning to interior design.>
The Aural Diversity project explores sound and music that addresses the full range of human hearing types. As one of our musicians, Ruth Mallalieu, commented: "we should not keep trying to adapt to music; music should adapt to us".
An Aural Diversity concert is not a traditional music concert but an immersive music experience that takes into account the needs of people with different hearing profiles. We are not a group of disabled people trying to play music for normal people; but a group of aurally diverse people trying to redefine the concept of music and provide new listening experiences for everybody.The projectís founder, Andrew Hugill, explains how he came to the idea of aural diversity:
The project was featured on BBC Radio 3's 'Music Matters'. Listen to the interview HERE
The project is funded by GNResound Ltd. and Arts Council England.