A Deaf DJ: You Can Feel the Music if You Can’t Hear it.

Posted on September 9, 2013. Filed under: Hear the World, hearing education | Tags: , |

Meet Robbie Wilde.  Despite the fact that he lost his hearing due to a range of ear infections as a young child, he became a talented DJ booking shows and producing mixes.  His audiences would never be able detect his disability, unless of course they looked at the tattoo on his right ear that reads: “Out of Order…”

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This talented DJ grew up with ongoing hearing loss, yet demanded that he remain in regular school by teaching himself how to read lips.   Later, a friend introduced Wilde to the turntable sets that DJ’s today use.  Wilde then learned how to see music and pull apart different notes that label vocals between bass and kicks.  Thanks to modern technology, Wilde can understand what type of beat is being played, and what notes are coming out of the speakers.  Thanks to practice and a lot of dedication, Wilde has performed at Sundance Music Festival and a few other notable events.  His “persistent personality” is what drove him to pursue his passions despite his disability, claims his mother.  It’s this type of determination and passion that proves anyone can achieve what they want, despite hearing loss or any other type of challenge.

When asked about his abilities and disability, Wilde has one answer: “I didn’t hear you.”

 Read more here.



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