Hearing experts hit new notes

Experts in the region are launching new research which could help people with hearing problems better listen to music.

The project will look at how people use hearing aids - from listening to music at home, to going to a symphony or rock concert.

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Music psychologist Alinka Greasley, of Leeds University, said: “The purpose of hearing aids is to amplify speech, and evidence suggests that many hearing aid users experience problems when listening to music, such as acoustic feedback, distortion and reduced tone quality.”

Harriet Crook, clinical scientist for complex hearing loss at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital, said “Improved access to music using hearing aids will benefit people of all ages, facilitating music education for deaf children and young people, music listening and performance in adulthood, and continued musical engagement into old age.”