The first Aural Diversity concert will take place at the Old Barn, Kelston Roundhill on July 6th 2019.
- The Old Barn is a beautiful venue seating approximately 60 people in a quiet and remote rural location with stunning views from the top of the Roundhill.
- The concert is being promoted by Kelston Records.
- The concert is sponsored by GNResound and will also be filmed by them as part of an ongoing series of movies about Andrew Hugill and Aural Diversity.
The concert will comprise performances by six artists working either together or alone. Each of these artists has a different hearing profile, as follows:
- Simon Allen
A slow change in my hearing up until 1993(?) has brought 50% loss from the top down in terms of area on the audiogram; accompanied by hyperacusis, tinnitus and two hearing aids. Frequencies above 2.5kHz start to register as clusters of white noise and rapidly disappear above that.
- John Levack Drever
These days I have a continuous high frequency tinnitus in my right ear accompanied by some hearing loss, and increasing levels of intolerance to high sound levels. Just to add, as well as through my research, being a dad of two kids, I became acutely aware of the impact of everyday sound on sensitive ears.
- Andrew Hugill
I have severe hearing loss in right ear and mild loss in left ear, tinnitus and diplacusis, due to Ménière's disease diagnosed in 2009. Full story HERE
- Ruth Mallalieu
I have been profoundly deaf since birth. I have bilateral cochlear implants (I got one aged 13 and one aged 23).
- Matthew Spring
I lost my hearing through Meningitis as a child, though subsequent ear infections reduced what remained, and wear two hearing aids (bone anchored and a very old analogue aid). I have performed on a number of instruments for some decades - mainly early instruments - lute, guitars, hurdy-gurdy, etc - but can play traditional instruments. As with all deafness my hearing problems are unique - and I never know how I am going to be hearing day to day. Tinnitus is a constant problem and I rely quite heavy on lip reading and positioning - being in the right place to communicate. My problems are much more to do with quality of sound - as with hearing aids I hear a lot but always of good enough quality. Sound above middle c I hear well for pitch - but below this my pitch sensitivity declines.
- Anya Ustaszewski
I am autistic with (associated?) sensory processing difficulties, especially with regard to my hearing. I have hyperacusis with a particular sensitivity to higher pitches. I also have a touch of misophonia.
Each performance will feature different approaches to the listening experience and involve different types of music or sonic art.
The listening experience is designed to suit a range of listening types, from profoundly deaf through to mild hearing loss, presbyacusis, hyperacusis, and more. This will include the following modes:
- Streaming to hearing devices, either in the main auditorium or elsewhere.
- Haptic (touch) interactions with vibrations.
- Simple remote listening from a neighbouring room or outside.
- Video interpretation of the music.
- Signing and other forms of physical interpretation.
- Conceptual (non-cochlear) listening.