They Can Hear Music, Sweet, Sweet Music
Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, February 3, 2010
David Archuleta, Jordin Sparks and The Starkey Foundation are on a mission this week. Their goal is to fit over 100 hearing-impaired children with hearing aids in the Miami area. People who can hear tend to take their hearing for granted. But for these children, most of whom have been deaf their entire lives, hearing is a gift that will transport them through the looking glass into a whole new world.
Can the hearing-impaired experience music? The answer is a resounding YES! Beethoven composed his 9th symphony after he lost his hearing. In the movie, “Mr. Holland’s Opus”, I remember that deaf people “heard” music by feeling the floor vibrations and from flashing lights that corresponded to musical notes. By turning up the bass on a stereo so that the vibrations can be felt through the floor, deaf people are able to dance to the rhythms they feel. Hearing-impaired people do enjoy music; they just understand it differently, by feeling rather than by hearing.
At a VIP in December, David was asked to consider having someone sign the lyrics at his concerts to enhance the concert experience for his hearing-impaired fans. He said that he had never thought about signing but he thought it made sense. He mentioned that he knew that the deaf can “feel” the music vibration from the sound system.
Later in the afternoon there will be a special performance by David and Jordin.
Something wonderful is about to happen to a lucky bunch of kids in Miami. After being fitted with hearing aids, these children will be able to hear, rather than just feel music. They will hear the angelic sound of David’s voice. I think back to how I felt when I heard David’s voice for the very first time on American Idol. Imagine their reactions when they hear his healing voice for the first time! Imagine if that was the first sound you ever heard.
The event will be webcasted today, February 3, starting at 11:45 am EST and 8:45 am PST at this link:
If you would like to get involved and give a child the gift of hearing, visit the Starkey Hearing Foundation at this link:
If you would like to have your hearing tested online, visit the Starkey Hearing Foundation at this link: