Playing Piano with Hearing Loss

Listening to music can enhance a person's life, when it comes to playing music there is an innate sense of fulfilment and reward in this experience all on its own. When it comes to playing the piano as someone with hearing loss or/and a hearing aid user there is not a reason why someone cannot continue to learn and play the piano. The hardest part about playing the piano is being able to play multiple notes via the left and right hands together. Therefore whether you have a hearing loss or not this will be a difficult challenge to master. We look at tips to help with playing the piano with a hearing loss.

Have Your Piano Regularly Tuned

When it comes to the piano sounds the middle C on the piano is 256Hz., this means that the piano is a broad spectrum of hearing and there may be parts you may not hear as well. Keeping your piano regularly tuned, means you can feel confident playing your piano knowing that your playing is not out of tune even if you cannot hear all the notes played. When it comes to the piano sounds the middle C on the piano is 256Hz.

Practice With Your Hearing Aid

If you wear a hearing aid it can take time to adjust to wearing and listening to your piano playing with your hearing aid in. Gradually start to introduce your hearing aid to your piano playing. Do not worry about your hearing aid making the piano music uncomfortably loud for you, the technology within the hearing aid will not allow for loud sounds to be amplified to an uncomfortable level for you.

Ask to try the Music Setting On Your Hearing Aid

Music settings are set up slightly different depending on the manufacturer of the hearing aid. However, the main aspect the "music setting" has in common is that it aims to provide the most natural listening to music experience possible. Music can sometimes be perceived as unnatural and difficult to pick out certain instruments playing.

Listen to the Genre of Music You Play with your Hearing Aid

If you enjoy playing jazz music on your piano, then expose your hearing aid to some of the top jazz pianists. This will allow your brain to adapt to the way your hearing aid perceives jazz music so that when you do start playing yourself you are not put off course or balance from your playing. Jazz piano playing allows for improvisation, therefore being a little more accommodating than for example classical music. Get your hearing aids exposed to all the types of music you enjoy playing on the piano.

 

Quick Tips

Your hearing aid will need regular servicing generally every 6 months by your hearing care professional.