During the 3-day Audio Engineering Society convention in San Francisco, a record-breaking 674 people visited the House Ear Institute’s booth to have their hearing tested.

The turnout almost broke the record for last year’s 4-day show in New York.

“Every year we see bigger crowds taking advantage of our free screenings and hearing health educational services and this year was certainly no different,” says Marilee Potthoff, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles-based institute. “We are grateful for the support of Shure Inc and AES to help us provide this service to audio professionals attending the show.”

The screenings are part of the institute’s Sound Partners hearing conservation education program.

Institute exhibit staff members distributed more than 4,000 pairs of ear plugs and with hundreds of hearing health brochures and fact sheets.

The AES, a longstanding industry partner of the institute’s Sound Partners program, has provided facilities, space and show floor promotions at its convention since 1997.

Shure Inc, Niles, Ill, is the exclusive sponsor of the institute’s hearing screenings at AES, and is part of Shure’s Listen Safe program, which is dedicated to educating musicians, audio professionals. and consumers about how to enjoy sound responsibly.

Licensed audiologists, from the institute and House Clinic counseled participants on their hearing screening results, which are kept confidential.

For more information, visit the institute’s Sound Partners program Web site, or the site for teens and young adults, where visitors can request a free pair of earplugs.

The nonprofit House Ear Institute strives to advance hearing science through research and education to improve quality of life. Its scientists investigate the cellular and molecular causes of hearing loss and related auditory disorders and neurological processes pertaining to the human auditory system and the brain. Researchers also explore technology advancements to improve auditory implants, hearing aids, diagnostic techniques, and rehabilitation tools.

[Source: Newswise]