Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Music & Performing Arts


This paper will focus on how deaf and hard of hearing people perceive music. I will be taking a look at the statics in hearing loss in the United States. There are different degrees (thresholds) of hearing impairment ranging from partial to full. Case studies have shown there is not a big difference in how deaf and hard of hearing people and normal hearing people listen to music. Some patients are able to acquire cochlear implants that often help with hearing, and others use vibration to feel the music. These vibrations give the deaf and hard of hearing people the opportunity to feel the tone, pitch, timbre and volume. Deaf concerts are now growing as a way to help the deaf community experience music.