Disability History Month: Hearing Happiness – Deafness Cures in History

Wednesday 3 November 2021

Disability History Month Lecture: Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History – Dr Jaipreet Virdi


Dr. Jaipreet Virdi explores the experience of hearing loss, and attempts to ‘cure’ deafness in Anglo-American culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. She shows that deafness was a widespread experience, and examines the evolution of hearing technologies – particularly hearing aids – as objects of desire as well as assistive technology.

Dr Jaipreet Virdi is Assistant Professor in History at the University of Delaware. She is an award -winning historian of deafness, technology and medicine, and a disability activist. Her first book, Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History raises pivotal questions about deafness in American society and the endless quest for a cure. Her writing has appeared in Slate, The Atlantic, Psyche, The Wellcome Collection, and the New Internationalist. She is on Twitter as @jaivirdi

Part of a series of four lectures, marking Disability History Month.

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