Chicago — The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced a call for papers for its AES 47th Conference on Music Induced Hearing Disorders. The conference will be held in Chicago, June 20 – 22, 2012, at Columbia College.

The theme for the 2012 event is “New Technologies for Measurement and Protection.” With the advent and omnipresence of portable listening devices and louder sound systems for live sound reproduction, the interest in music-induced hearing disorders and their measurement and prevention is now global. AES states that the conference will provide attendees with a detailed understanding of state-of-the-art hearing loss prevention strategies and devices as they relate to music production and reproduction.

The conference committee invites the submission of complete manuscripts (maximum 10 pages, 3,000 words) by January 15, 2012 at More information and the full call for submissions are available on the site for download.

The proposed topics for papers include:

  • Standards and Guidelines for Hearing Exposure and Hearing Protection
  • Active and Passive Hearing Protection Devices
  • Hearing Exposure Measurement and Control Devices
  • Technologies for Monitoring and Controlling Consumer Audio Devices
  • Sound Level Management for Live Sound Events
  • Medical Therapies and Procedures for Hearing Exposure Protection and Hearing Loss Regeneration
  • Electroacoustic Technologies to Prevent and Cope with Hearing Disorders (eg, Tinnitus)
  • Electronic Devices (eg, Hearing Aids) for Hearing Impaired Musicians and Sound Production Engineers
  • Technologies for Producing Multimedia Content for the Hearing Impaired

Accepted authors will be notified by March 15, 2012. Final revised manuscripts will be due by April 15, 2012. Contact co-chairs Joerg Bitzer and Robert Schulein via [email protected] for more information.

AES is also welcoming proposals for workshops and tutorials, which should be submitted by January 15, 2012. Email proposed title of workshop or tutorial along with a 125-word abstract, possible speakers, duration of event, and special facility needs to Michael Santucci at [email protected].

SOURCE: The Audio Engineering Society (AES) (PDF download)