In 2010, the composer Richard Einhorn suddenly lost most of his hearing. He could still write music, but wearing hearing aids made it frustrating to attend a public performance: The sound typically was blurred with static and ambient noise. Then he attended a musical at the Kennedy Center that used a “hearing loop” — a wire that beamed sound to the telecoils built into many hearing aids and cochlear implants. Einhorn was delighted with the result.
This weekend, he’s working with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Hearing Loss Association of America to introduce other people to the same pleasure.