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11/5/02 San Francisco, CA

H.E.A.R. Research Study Survey Preliminary Findings Released.

Sound levels in music venues can be as high as 115-120 decibels with peaks at 130-140 which can damage your hearing within a few seconds.

According to a study on musicians and hearing loss form H.E.A.R. - Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers, researchers (Helen J. Simon Ph.D., research scientist Smith-Kettlewell Eye-Ear Institute and Lauren Gee, MHS, statistician, University of California, San Francisco,) estimate that 86% of musicians and concert goers surveyed suffered from ringing in the ears after going to loud music venues.

Currently, H.E.A.R. is preparing the outcome evaluation of a ten-year research survey study "Occupational Hearing Loss and Tinnitus in the Music Industry." It is H.E.A.R.'s goal to publish this research data and distribute it to the music community and general public.

PBS taped interview footage regarding H.E.A.R.'s early research survey efforts in their documentary video, "Deafening Sounds", now being distributed nationally to various PBS markets in cities throughout the US.

Music Industry leader Shure helped raise awareness of hearing issues by putting on the Shure "Musical Roots Contest and Concert" which raised over $60,000 for hearing conservation programs such as Hearing Aid Music Foundations' Listen Smart! video, House Ear Institutes Sound Partners program and H.E.A.R.'s research study.

The Grammy's -The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and The National Organization for Hearing Research (NOHR) supported H.E.A.R.'s vital early work on the survey.

650 music manufacturers and audio professionals helped to raise $45,000 through the Mix Foundation Tech Awards 2002 ceremonies held during the Audio Engineering Society conference in Los Angeles to benefit hearing conservation programs of the House Ear Institute, H.E.A.R. and music scholarship programs.

Shure, Mix Foundation's Tec Awards,The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), The Audio Engineering Society (AES), The National Association of Music Manufacturers (NAMM), Future Sonics, Mix Magazine, Primedia, Guitar Player, Music Player Networks and MTV are among the key music organizations and businesses who fully support hearing conservation for the music industry.

Attitudes are changing within the music industry. But will it be enough to seed the change needed to benefit the music consumer?

To find out how you can help please contact H.E.A.R. or you can help by contributing on line to our efforts! Thank you!


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