With biological advancements and technology breakthroughs being announced on what feels like a daily basis, more and more people are getting the opportunity to hear the world for the first time. For those with naturally great hearing, it can be easy to take for granted the small details that our hearing gives us; children laughing, fire alarms and car horns, the unique tones when you dial a phone number, and, of course, music.
Music is an important part of the human experience with the power to make us happy, sad, and thoughtful. Music is like a time machine that can take us back to a particular moment or age, stirring long forgotten memories and reminding us of our emotions at the time. But not everyone knows what this feeling is like.
Last year, a video of a 40 year-old British woman named Jo went viral online. Jo had received cochlear implants and her reaction to hearing was powerful. If that weren’t enough, her friend made her a playlist of music for her to listen to and the first song on it was John Lennon’s “Imagine”.
What would you choose as the first song to play for a friend who has never experienced music before? What songs would be on your “Music 101: An Introduction” playlist?
Our own registered hearing aid practitioner, Kathy Quast, and our administrator extraordinaire, Jeanette, have given these questions a lot of thought and you can listen to the songs that they would play for someone who has never experienced music before below.