The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing (P & E Wing) has come on board as a sponsor of House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, for promotion of the institute’s nonprofit hearing health outreach services at the 2010 NAMM Show and at their member events this year.

The institute will provide a variety of free hearing health education and outreach services to attendees and exhibitors in booth #1196/Hall E of the 2010 NAMM Winter Show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. The services at NAMM are offered as part of the institute’s Sound Partners hearing conservation program.

"As music creators, the members of the Producers & Engineers Wing fully understand the importance of hearing health," says Maureen Droney, senior executive director of the P&E Wing. "We are very pleased to partner with such a highly respected organization as House Ear Institute and its Sound Partners program to help raise awareness about the importance of hearing protection and safe sound practices."

The P&E Wing contribution helps to fund the institute’s general outreach efforts at NAMM. The organization joins the institute’s other sponsors for NAMM, including the NAMM organization, Shure, Inc, and Sperian/Howard Leight Industries in encouraging hearing conservation education.

"Our new partnership with The Recording Academy P & E Wing greatly boosts the visibility of our free hearing conservation outreach services and the vital connection between good hearing health and the production of high quality sound, " says Marilee Potthoff, director of community education and outreach, House Ear Institute. "We look forward to recognizing their support throughout the year in our outreach to the audio and music profession."

The Sound Partners program 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 careers in the field of sound.

For additional information, visit House Ear Institute’s Sound Partners program at

The House Ear Institute is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing 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 as well as 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.

Comprised of more than 6,000 professionals, The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. The organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines, and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives.

[Source: House Ear Institute]