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Deaf People Love Loud Music

Author: Jonty Adderley
Monday, December 10, 2001
Deaf people can sense vibrations which allows them to appreciate music in the same way as non deaf people, a new US study revealed this week.

"The experience deaf people have when 'feeling' music is similar to the experience other people have when hearing music," said Dr Dean Sibata from the University of Washington.

"The perceptions of the musical vibrations by the deaf is likely every bit as real as the equivalent sounds, since they are ultimately processed in the same part of the brain (Telegraph).

His findings have implications for clubbers at risk of long term hearing damage as well as future decibel levels in clubs. In Berlin recently, two deaf brothers, Arne and Bjorn Blumeier were recently censored by authorities, after 2 deaf discos they staged attracted noise complaints from neighbours. Cops initially shut down their first party then Germany's Ministry for the Environment followed that up by banning the brothers from staging a Christmas disco for the deaf.

"The deaf don't hear the music, they feel the beat through their body," Arne Blumeier admitted. (The Standard) (Deaf Disco pictures, site in German)