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San Francisco Opera and H.E.A.R working together.
May 1, 2005

For Immediate Release:
Contact Kathy Peck
May 1, 2005

Coinciding with National Better Hearing and Speech Month
this May, the San Francisco Opera will begin providing
each of its regular musicians a pair of
custom-fitted "musicians' earplugs", originally
created by Etymotic Research for members of the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This new benefit program is in
conjunction with H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and
Awareness for Rockers, a San Francisco-based
non-profit hearing preservation organization).

Kathy Peck, Executive Director of H.E.A.R., explains
that all musicians, not just rock musicians, are
subject to noise-induced hearing loss.

H.E.A.R. is honored to work with the Opera Orchestra,
and wants everyone to remember this: "Your ears are
your most important musical instrument."

About H.E.A.R.
Founded in 1988, H.E.A.R.® is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of hearing loss and tinnitus among musicians and music fans through education and grassroots advocacy. With support from , the music industry, musicians, audiologists, physicians, hearing health organizations, health manufacturers and individual donors, H.E.A.R.® is helping to raise awareness of the real dangers of repeated exposure to excessive noise levels from music. To take a self-hearing test online or find an audiologist in your area, log onto http://www.hearnet.com. Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers is a hearing health nonprofit public benefit organization 501 (c) (3).

About SF Opera
San Francisco Opera was founded by Gaetano Merola (1881-1953) and incorporated in 1923. The Company's first performance took place on September 26th, 1923, in the City's Civic Auditorium (La Bohème, with Queena Mario and Giovanni Martinelli, conducted by Merola). Nine years later, the Company moved into its new home, inaugurating the newly built War Memorial Opera House with a performance of Tosca on October 15, 1932 (Claudia Muzio, Dino Borgioli, Giuseppe Gandolfi, conducted by Merola). For more information about the San Francisco Opera go to: www.sfopera.org The War Memorial Opera House is located at 301 Van Ness Avenue and is within walking distance of the Civic Center BART station. www.hearnet.com

For more information, contact:
Kathy Peck
Director H.E.A.R.®
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