The House Ear Institute (HEI), Los Angeles, will provide free hearing screenings to attendees and exhibitors on the show floor of the 2009 NAMM Winter Show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The screenings at NAMM are a service of the institute’s Sound Partners hearing conservation program, and made possible through the support of Shure Inc and the NAMM show. Sound Partners raises awareness among audio and music professionals and the listening public about the permanent hearing health risks associated with excessive exposure to sound volumes at or exceeding 85 decibels (dB). It also offers practical protection methods to encourage the lifelong enjoyment of sound.

The free hearing screenings will be available in Booth #1196 in Hall E between the hours of 9:30 am and 6 pm on January 15 to 17, and 9:30 am to 5 pm on January 18.

Shure Incorporated is the exclusive sponsor of the HEI’s hearing screenings at NAMM as part of their Listen Safe program. Shure’s Listen Safe program is dedicated to educating musicians, audio professionals, and consumers about how to enjoy sound responsibly.

Licensed audiologists from the HEI and House Clinic 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 disposable hearing protection.

For additional information, visit HEI’s Sound Partners® program at

HEI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing hearing science through research and education to improve quality of life. HEI 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. Its researchers also explore technology advancements to improve auditory implants, hearing aids, diagnostic techniques, and rehabilitation tools.

[Source: Newswise]