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.

chapter |12 pages


Techniques of hearing: Histories, practices, and acoustic experiences

chapter 1|8 pages

An unquiet quiet

The history and “smart” politics of sound masking in the office

chapter 2|15 pages

Technologies of silence

chapter 3|11 pages

Pleasure and pain with amplified sound

A sound and music history of loudspeaker systems in Germany, ca. 1930

chapter 4|8 pages

Measuring listening effort

An attempt to quantify mental exertion

chapter 5|11 pages

Hearing echoes as an audile technique

From “facial vision” to experimental psychology and echolocation

chapter 7|13 pages

Better hearing for all

Smart solutions for the clinical, subclinical, and normal-hearing population

chapter 8|12 pages

“The future is ear” 1

Infrastructures of “smart hearing”

chapter 9|12 pages

Listening or reading?

Rethinking ableism in relation to the senses and (acoustic) text

chapter 10|11 pages

Binaural gaming arrangements

Techno-sensory configurations of playing the audio game A Blind Legend

chapter 11|14 pages

Hearing like an animal

Exploring acoustic experience beyond human ears

chapter 12|12 pages

“Adaptive environments”

Ambient media and the temporalities of sonic self-care

chapter 13|9 pages

The Shepherd's Farewell

Shared hearing as (a mode of) healing – music, imagery, and emotion-neural dynamics

chapter 14|9 pages

Dis/abling smartness

AAC devices, music, and acoustic well-being

chapter |8 pages