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The Top 5 TED Talks about Hearing and Sound


TED Talks occur at a global set of TED (Technology, Education, Design) conferences that aim to circulate “ideas worth spreading.” Read on to find some of our favorite, interesting and thought-provoking TED Talks concerning hearing and sound.

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1. Karl White: “Establishing a Sound Foundation for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing”


Dr. Karl White, professor of Psychology at Utah State University and the founding director of the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) discusses the importance of establishing a “sound foundation” for children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

2. Julian Treasure: “Shh! Sound Health in 8 Steps”


Julian Treasure, the chairman of Sound Agency, which advises businesses on how to best utilize sound, discusses sound and how it is both detrimental and positive to us. Watch the video to learn more and hear some of Julian’s tips on how to protect your hearing.

3. Julian Treasure: “The 4 Ways Sound Affects Us”


Julian Treasure comes back in this next TED Talk, discussing four different ways sound affects people. He talks about how sound affects people physiologically, psychologically, cognitively and behaviorally.

4. Neil Harbisson: “I Listen to Color”


In this fascinating talk, Neil Harbisson tells us how he was born colorblind, but with the help of a sound sensor, he can now hear color. (Check out our previous blog post to better understand how technology makes this work.) Watch the video to see how Neil accesses his sense of sight with sound. To learn more about some of the interesting ways sound and sight interact, read on about synesthesia.

 5. Evelyn Glennie: “How to Truly Listen”


Dame Evelyn Glennie lost nearly all of her ability to hear when she was 12-years-old. In this touching video she explains how she finds other ways to connect to music in her field as a percussionist and composer.

by Esther Shasho

2 responses to “The Top 5 TED Talks about Hearing and Sound

  1. That’s all really interesting!
    How do you all choose a hearing aide when you need you?
    I just found out yesterday that I need two and I am trying to choose the best one/s!

  2. Do you have anything free for hearing aids,i’m 69 years old & need a hearing aids,live on a budget,poor all my life.I’m using 30x Amplification now from Walmart.MSA 30X Sound Amplifer.?

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