San Francisco, CA (October 4, 2006)–According to AES executive director Roger Furness, the 121st AES Convention has expanded its ongoing effort to increasing hearing loss awareness.
“We are pleased to see three important hearing issue-related exhibitors at this year’s Convention (Oct. 5-8 Moscone Center). The problem is not only of deep concern to our members whose livelihoods depend on their hearing,” Furness said. “The findings of these organizations apply to virtually everyone, and can have significant impact on reducing hearing problems for future generations.”
In continuing efforts to help engineers, musicians and music professionals protect their hearing, House Ear Institute, through its Sound Partners Hearing Conservation Program, and H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers) are working together at the Convention to provide a wide range of hearing health education and services free of charge for attendees and exhibitors.
“We are proud to mark the 10th Anniversary of House Ear Institute’s hearing conservation, education and outreach to our members,” Furness commented. “Over the years our organization has been able to help House Ear Institute make a real difference in the hearing health of audio engineers through their Sound Partners hearing conservation outreach program.”
Hearing screenings and education will take place at the House Ear Institute booth #1704 and free ear impressions/hearing protection will be available at the H.E.A.R. booth #117 October 6 through 8, 2006, during exhibit hours.
Dr. Brian Fligor, ScD, CCC-A and Director of Diagnostic Audiology at Children’s Hospital in Boston, invites AES Convention attendees to the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) Booth (#120) to participate in a study of music listening levels using headphones. The “How Loud Do You Listen” Test/Demonstration is based on a comparison of two different types of headphones. Within a few minutes of listening the NHCA team will analyze levels and advise participants how long they can listen at the level they chose before exceeding maximum exposure for a given day.
In addition to these valuable Exhibitor programs, AESTC Liaison Bob Schulein reports that the Convention will offer two worthwhile Tutorials developed in conjunction with the AES Technical Committee on Hearing and Hearing Loss Prevention.
Thursday, Oct. 5, 9 AM to 12 noon:
Psychophysics And Physiology Of Hearing: Presenter Poppy Crum, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD) will consider psychoacoustic phenomena associated with perceptual experiences such as loudness, masking, scene analysis and spatial localization.
Friday, Oct. 6, 11AM to 1:30PM
Hearing Health And Risks For The iPod Generation: Kathy Peck, H.E.A.R. (SF) AN Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough (SF Exploratorium) will present important hearing health education facts to benefit new groups at high risk for hearing loss. Participants will acquire a better understanding of the importance of protecting their ears from blasting iPod buds. The discussion will include a preview of the new Exploratorium exhibit Hearing Health and Risks.
The AES TV – Hearing and Hearing Loss Prevention Mission Statement reads:
1. Raising AES member awareness of the normal and abnormal functions of the hearing process.
2. Raising AES member awareness of the risk and consequences of hearing loss resulting from excessive sound exposure.
3. Coordinating and providing technical guidance for the AES supported hearing testing and consultation programs at U.S. and European Conventions.
4. Facilitating the maintenance and refinement of a database of audiometric test results and exposure information on AES members.
5. Forging a cooperative union between AES members, audio equipment manufacturers and the hearing conservation communities for the purposes of developing strategies, technologies, and tools to reduce and prevent hearing loss.
For more information about HEI please visit www.hei.org.