San Francisco, CA (January 23, 2006)–The Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers Foundation (H.E.A.R.) has announced their inclusion in new product materials from XtremeMac, Apple iPod accessories giant, in their new co-branding of the Future Sonics-designed model FS1 high-definition earphones.
According to founder/director, Kathy Peck, “While Future Sonics has always included H.E.A.R. in their product manuals and marketing, their new FS1 is the first consumer earphone to produce a really outstanding quality of sound at lower volumes.”
Future Sonics has supported the H.E.A.R. Foundation for more than 17 years. In continuing to support hearing education, their new designs are being distributed through a co-branding agreement with XtremeMac [originally announced May 25, 2005] that now feature H.E.A.R. in the FS1 product materials along with a more comprehensive warnings about the potential risks from misuse of personal earphone products with portable digital media players.
Peck’s foundation offers outreach programs, educational support and organizational support so that people more fully understand how to protect the hearing that they have and to realize the risks of both prolonged exposure to sound as well as the potential damage from higher sound pressure levels (SPLs).
Legendary guitarist, Pete Townsend, continues to be outspoken regarding the risks involved with high SPLs from headphones and earphones. Townsend helped create The H.E.A.R. Foundation as an initial investor and supporter from the earliest days of the foundation’s hearing clinics not long after Peck suffered her own permanent hearing damage.
H.E.A.R. showcases a wide range of professional personal monitors and professional earphones from Etymotic Research, Future Sonics, Precision Audiotronics, Sensaphonics, Shure, Westone and others; however, Future Sonics and XtremeMac are the first companies to provide this type of visibility for all consumers in this product type’s marketplace.