Student visualizes sound world of the hearing impaired
2018-06-15 16:25:00

A group of special works has become the center of attention recently during the graduation exhibition at the School of Arts and Design of Nanjing Tech University in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province.

The designer, Ye Qian, used visible elements such as lines and color blocks and four types of natural sounds-the chirr of insects, the chatter of birds, the murmur of water and the howl of wind – in depicting how people with different hearing losses feel about the world, a truly new perspective to the visitors.

Ye said the inspiration of her works comes from real life. Since a young age, she has been suffering from hearing impairment caused by disease, with mild hearing loss in the left ear and profound hearing loss in the right. Normal people don’t understand that the sounds heard by hearing impaired people may vary because their hearing is damaged to different degrees. “Most people simply equate hearing impairment to complete deafness. As a matter of fact, I can hear people talking to me face to face at normal volumes,” said Ye with a bitter smile.

In this increasingly tolerant society, when facing communities with special needs, people will express sympathy or even pity automatically. But they fail to truly understand these communities, according to Ye. Therefore, Ye decided to display the sound world of the hearing impaired in her graduation design and hoped to change people’s stereotypes about her community.

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