Music For Deaf People Collar

by Ally

The first time I learned Beethoven had a bit of a hearing problem, I was baffled as to how he managed to go on with his music career.  It’s been said that he listened through vibrations in the floor to discover different things like to find out if the audience really liked his work.  Using vibrations to “hear” isn’t an entirely uncommon concept for anyone who is deaf, which does still make this concept a little odd.  Then again, it’s not exactly far fetched either.  This collar is meant to give music to the deaf by using those vibrations to trigger the right area of the brain, allowing them to listen.

This collar was done by a German designer who wanted the deaf to be able to at least feel the music.  It converts auditory input into vibrations that trigger the same sound-processing area of the brain as someone with functioning hearing.  Whether or not it will really catch on is debatable, but it’s an interesting concept at the very least.

Source: Ubergizmo

4 reviews or comments

hukiworld Says: May 30, 2010 at 11:20 pm

God bless this German Designer for this idea and hopefully it becomes a reality for all deaf individuals to enjoy music on another level than us able listeners.

hukiworld Says: June 1, 2010 at 1:57 am

I would buy this myself to listen to music in a whole new perspective as well. Plus, I bet the vibrations have a therapeutic effect too.

Feez Says: June 5, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Use vibrations instead of a sound. Great invention.
I love to get one of those to my deaf sister.

sliceer Says: April 25, 2011 at 10:58 am

These remind me of the old “Bone Phones” that were basically padded speakers that you wore around your neck and held tight to your chest with a strap. I wore them until they died. Love the concept!!

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