Hearing, health, and technologies are entangled in multi-faceted ways. This edited volume addresses this complex relationship by arguing that modern hearing was and is increasingly linked to and mediated by technological innovations.
By providing a set of original interdisciplinary investigations that shed new light on the history, theory, and practices of hearing techniques, it is able to explore the heterogeneous entanglements of sound, hearing practices, technologies, and health issues. As the first book to bring together historians, scholars from media studies, social sciences, cultural studies, acoustics, and neuroscientists, the volume discusses modern technologies and their decisive impact on how "normal" hearing, enhanced and smart hearing, as well as hearing impairment have been configured. It brings both new insights into the histories of hearing technologies as well as allowing us to better understand how enabling hearing technologies have currently been unfolding an increasingly hybrid ecology engaging smart hearing devices and offering stress-free hearing and acoustic well-being in novel auditory environments.
The volume will be of interest to all scholars and students of disability studies, sound studies, sociology of health and illness, medical history, health and society, as well as those interested in the practices and techniques of self-monitored and smart hearing.
Foreword – How to use your ears
Introduction - Techniques of Hearing: Histories, Practices and Acoustic Experiences
Michael Schillmeier, Robert Stock, Beate Ochsner
Chapter One – An Unquiet Quiet: The History and ‘Smart’ Politics of Sound Masking in the Office
Chapter Two – Technologies of Silence
Chapter Three – Pleasure and Pain with Amplified Sound: A Sound and Music History of Loudspeaker Systems in Germany, ca. 1930
Jens Gerrit Papenburg
Chapter Four – Measuring Listening Effort: An Attempt to Quantify Mental Exertion
Chapter Five – Hearing Echoes as an Audile Technique: From "Facial Vision" to Experimental Psychology and Echolocation
Chapter Six – Mobile Music Listening and the Self-Management of Health and Well-Being
Chapter Seven – Better Hearing for All - Smart Solutions for the Clinical, Subclinical and Normal-Hearing Population
Chapter Eight – "The Future is Ear" (Hunn 2014): Infrastructures of ‘Smart Hearing’
Beate Ochsner and Shintaro Miyazaki
Chapter Nine – Listening or Reading? Rethinking Ableism in Relation to the Senses and (Acoustic) Text
Chapter Ten - Binaural Gaming Arrangements: Techno-Sensory Configurations of Playing the Audio Game A Blind Legend
Chapter Eleven – Hearing Like an Animal: Exploring Acoustic Experience Beyond Human Ears
Judith Willkomm and Asher Boersma
Chapter Twelve – "Adaptive Environments": Ambient Media and the Temporalities of Sonic Selfcare
Chapter Thirteen – The Shepherd’s Farewell: Shared Hearing as (a Mode of) Healing – Music, Imagery and Emotion-Neural Dynamics
Chapter Fourteen – Dis/abling Smartness: AAC Devices, Music and Acoustic Wellbeing
Robert Stock and Marvin Sieger