October 3, 2007

LOS ANGELES—At the 123rd AES Convention, House Ear Institute will provide hearing conservation education and screenings to thousands of Audio Engineering Society (AES) members through its Sound Partners™ hearing conservation education program at the AES Convention in New York, October 5-8. The Sound Partners program is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of safe sound practices for better hearing health among audio and entertainment professionals and the listening public. The AES is a longstanding industry partner of the Institute and its Sound Partners program, providing facilities and space at its convention since 1997.

Licensed audiologists will be available to counsel participants on their hearing screening results, which are kept confidential. The Institute’s outreach staff will offer additional hearing health education, literature and free hearing protection. Shure Incorporated is again serving as the exclusive sponsor of the House Ear Institute’s hearing screenings as part of its Listen Safe program, which is dedicated to educating musicians, audio professionals and consumers about how to enjoy sound responsibly. The screenings and hearing health information provided at AES and other pro audio and entertainment industry events are a part of the Institute’s Sound Partners program. The complimentary materials offer information on noise-induced hearing loss, hearing protection devices, conservation practices, as well as general hearing health education, including other forms of hearing loss, tinnitus, ear diseases and related disorders.

“We are proud that for over 11 years our organization has helped House Ear Institute make a difference in the hearing health of audio engineers through their Sound Partners hearing conservation outreach program,” says Roger Furness, executive director, AES.

“Since we first began working with AES to provide hearing conservation education to its members, we have observed a dramatic increase in awareness among audio engineers about the importance of protecting their hearing,” says Marilee Potthoff, marketing director, House Ear Institute.

SOURCE: House Ear Institute