Auraldiversity: Do you hear differently?

Drever, John L.. 2022. Auraldiversity: Do you hear differently? Frontiers for Young Minds, ISSN 2296-6846 [Article] (Forthcoming)

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This paper explores the sense that opens us to the world of sound: hearing. Textbooks often repeat the same numbers and figures on the sensitivity of human hearing as if we all share the same set of symmetrical mechanical ears. Here we discover hearing as we experience it day-to-day and the different kinds and qualities of hearing you and your friends and family may have experienced, and how it may change as we grow older. We call this lived approach to understanding hearing, aural diversity. The paper introduces significant kinds of hearing differences such as hyperacusis, misophonia and tinnitus, and brief changes in hearing sensitivity such as how the ear responds to sudden loud sounds. Finally, it celebrates that hearing can open us up to the world in a very powerful way, but we need to remember it is a vulnerable sense that needs protecting from too much loud sound.

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Auraldiversity; Autism; Decibel; Deaf; Diplacusis; Ears; Hearing; Hyperacusis; Misophonia; Synaesthesia; Tinnitus

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Music > Unit for Sound Practice Research


13 December 2022Accepted

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Date Deposited:

14 Dec 2022 09:33

Last Modified:

23 Jan 2023 09:31

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.


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