The music can completely change the environment and can easily entertain plenty of people. And it can also be used as a source of killing boredom. Well entertainment is what we all look for in our part time and as that said music is a soul of human body in every situation of life. So hearing impaired people can’t be exception. Thanks to designers who have come up with innovative designs that facilitate hearing impaired with music to listen. Below we are listing out 5 creative music players for the hearing impaired. Have a look.
Developed by Korean designer Sungwoo Park, the concept Sounzzz is an MP3 player for a new kind design to enable people with hearing fails to feel the music in another way, by involving the senses such as sight or touch. It is Fully flexible, tactile and can emit light and vibration function of music, all the information and images are in the sequel! It also offers sound option for all those who can actually hear. This way everyone with or without some kind of hearing problem can use it by bringing into play the sense of touch. So everyone around, especially the deaf, here is your chance to shake yourself on the tunes of songs.
2. Music echo
Music and sound have a tendency to touch your soul. It comes with a magic which can work as a mood lifter and can make you drift away from all worries. But what about people who cannot hear? How will they know what it feels like being surrounded with music? If that is what you thought till date, Jennifer Crossley from University of Dundee, Scotland has conceived the music echo. The product will make sure that even the deaf and those hard of hearing don’t miss on this experience. As a part of her 4th year university final project, the product design student has tried to bridge the gap making good use of the sense of touch. People with such disabilities will be able to savor tunes with the help of changing frequencies which in turn produce different vibrations. All a person has to do is hold the beads and feel music through the vibrations created. Music Echo comes with headphones that can be used by people who can hear.
Designer Filipe Lima has developed an innovative music system that could help the deaf in experiencing varied forms of music. Developed as a concept for Bang & Olufsen with its unmatchable record in sound and product development, the product dubbed as Soundtouch uses piezoelectric materials to activate vibrations, thereby creating a series of rhythms for the deaf to feel the beat of music. Easily wearable on the ear, the device is powered by eco friendly fuel cell technology and generates excellent sound quality.
4. Acoustic poetry
The “Acoustic Poetry” project, conceptualized by British designer Michail Vanis, is created keeping two specific type of people in mind – those who can hear and those who cannot. The object helps a deaf person to know and familiarize with his surroundings. When a situation makes a deaf person curious he can use this object to send a sound sample to a human interpreter. And after understanding the sound sample, human interpreter can create a poetic description of the situation, which when sent will appear on the object. Now, try and look at this object from a deaf person’s point of view, look at how this will improve his life, how much more he can understand about what is going around him. This object will open gates for him to broaden his view about the world he lives in.
5. Music for deaf people
A common misconception about the hearing impaired is their inability to experience the joy of music. They may not hear and process sound audibly but they certainly can feel it. In fact, studies have shown the sense of touch is heightened, allowing the deaf to perceive music in an altogether different way. Addressing the issue, German designer Frederik Podzuweit has come up with a collar concept called the “Music for deaf people” that uses electricity to make a special membrane substance expand and contract again, translating the sound into a series of vibrations. These vibrations are transferred to the user’s neck, shoulder and collarbone. The device also features a receiver for radio frequencies as well as plug-in for MP3 players to enhance the experience of the hearing impaired.