Music helps people to boost their confidence, encourage learning about emotions and help develop fine motor skills. Many deaf people play musical instruments and participate in musical activities every day. It is a misconception that this community cannot, or does not, participate in and enjoy music in all its forms. In Albania, based on data from INSTAT, there are 39,000 people with different levels of hearing loss from mild to profound deafness, from children with attached ears to those who have lost their hearing at a later stage of life.
Musicians with hearing loss often use the vibration of their instrument, or the surface it is connected to, to help them feel the sound they create, so even though they may not be able to hear they can use the vibration caused by musical sound to help them ‘hear’ music.
The journey we want to take consists of several stages: from education through percussion instruments to performance and enjoying live music in clubs. The musical vibration device is a very efficient and hands-free way to tap into these all-important sound-induced vibrations.