I'm a man that can't hear,
A man that can't see,
But it doesn't matter,
'cause I sing the blues...
- Russ Palmer
By Russ Palmer
Read or listen to Russ' incredible musical journey as a singer and musician, from using hearing aids to two cochlear implants (CIs).
Learn more about social-haptic communication and how it allows those with sensory loss to receive environmental descriptions, directions and locations of people and objects, and even experience stories through touch messages. You can learn how it was developed, and where you can attend courses.
Through environmental description blind and deafblind people will receive information of their visual and auditive environment using different agreed methods.
Haptic exploration combines touch, movements, smell and taste perceived through the body.
Russ is an International Music Therapist and Vibroacoustic Therapy Practitioner. Born severely deaf, he has Usher Syndrome, is registered deafblind and uses two cochlear implants (CIs). Russ' philosophy is called Feeling the Music'; through musical expression and therapy he applies a concept of how people who are losing their hearing and sight can feel musical vibrations.
Born and raised in Finland, Riitta is the senior researcher and leader of the Social-Haptic Communication research group, at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She has developed, researched and taught social-haptic communication, haptices (touch messages), and their grammar, haptemes, for almost 30 years.
Russ and Riitta are based in the UK and Finland.