House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, will celebrate 10 years of providing hearing conservation education and health services to thousands of Audio Engineering Society (AES) members at the 121st AES Convention through its Sound Partners™ hearing conservation education program.

This year, with the support of Shure Inc, Niles, Ill, HEI is doubling its hearing screening capacity to help accommodate the increased demand for its services, as well as offering attendees and exhibitors, free of charge, its Hearing In Noise Test (HINT), a comprehensive test of functional hearing ability. These services, and other hearing health information and resources, will be available during show hours in booth 1709 at the AES Convention, October 5-8, 2006, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

Licensed audiologists from the House Ear Institute and House Clinic will be available to counsel participants on their hearing screening results and the Institute’s outreach staff will offer additional hearing health education, literature, and free hearing protection. Shure Inc is serving as the exclusive sponsor of the HEI’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 AES is a longstanding industry partner of HEI, providing the facilities and space at its convention each year since 1997.

The screenings and hearing health information offered at AES and other pro audio and entertainment industry events are a traditional part of the Institute’s Sound Partners program, an outreach initiative to raise awareness among audio and music professionals and the listening public about the importance of safe listening practices for the prevention of permanent hearing loss. The complimentary materials provide 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 to mark the 10th anniversary of House Ear Institute’s hearing conservation education and outreach to our members,” says AES Executive Director Roger Furness. “Over the years our organization has been able to help House Ear Institute make a difference in the hearing health of audio engineers through their Sound Partners hearing conservation outreach program.”

“Thanks to AES’s commitment to the hearing health of its members, House Ear Institute introduced the concept of hearing conservation to the association’s audio engineering community in 1997,” says Marilee Potthoff, marketing director for HEI. “Since then, we have observed a profound increase in awareness among audio engineers about the importance of safeguarding their hearing health.”

[SOURCE: House Ear Institute, August 29, 2006]