Deaf People and Music?

By Emily Ho

Does Music Affect Us?

Music is good for us but it can also be bad. Our brains respond differently to happy and sad music. Sometimes we can relate or understand the music without actually feeling them.

Music can be a bad thing because higher noise levels can cause us to struggle to process information. Music caused drivers to make more mistakes and made them drove more aggressive when they listen to their own choice of music.

But it can also be a good thing because it's more beneficial than no music at all. It can also help us learn  better. Researchers also compared noise to silence, silence resulted in the worst scores. An American researcher, Leonard Ayres, found that people rode their bikes faster when listening to music than in silence. They also required 7% less oxygen to do the same work as those who biked in silence.

Deaf People

There are many ways to enjoy music by hearing, seeing, and feeling. Some deaf and hard hearing people use hearing devices while others rely on vibrations. Others also use sign language. They can feel vibrations through the floor, wall, or an instrument. They can also have an idea of what pitch it is. It usually depends on where the note vibrates in their body. They can tell if the pitch is high or low.

This was taken in the late 1800's. This is a picture of kids wearing hearing aids. It looks like they're just listening to music but they're actually listening to their surroundings. Now they make them a lot smaller so it can fit in their ear. These hearing aids help them to hear better.

Mexico City; Delhi, India; Mumbai, India; Tokyo, Japan; and Jakarta, Indonesia seem to have over 100,000 deaf people.

Citations

Cooper, Belle Beth. "8 Surprising Ways Music Affects and Benefits Our Brains." N.p., 20 Nov. 2013. Web. 25 Mar. 2015.

Gross, Rachael. "Music and the Deaf:." N.p., 3 Jan. 2013. Web. 6 Apr. 2015.

Kouznetsova, Svetlana. Deaf kids wearing hearing aids. Digital image. Audio-accessibility.com. N.p., 11 Dec. 2013. Web. 13 Apr. 2015.

Deaf World Cities Map. Digital image. Deaf peoples.imb.org. N.p., 18 Jan. 2013. Web. 13 Apr. 2015

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