New York (March 9, 2007)–Shure Incorporated will donate $50,000 this year to four organizations as part of its Shure Listen Safe program. The four organizations are: Columbia College, Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.), The House Ear Institute (HEI), and the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) Scholarship Foundation.
“Noise induced hearing loss is a serious health problem that can be prevented, but people need to be aware of the risk factors and preventive measures that can be taken in order to minimize their risk,” said Shure president and CEO Sandy LaMantia. “Our donations to these four organizations will help them to continue their important public education and research initiatives, which we hope will help save the hearing of many.”
In addition to making these donations, Shure Listen Safe will promote hearing conservation by providing free hearing screenings and distributing hearing protection devices at professional audio industry trade shows, music conferences and festivals, and to Shure’s employees.
Columbia College is an undergraduate and graduate college in downtown Chicago whose principal commitment is to provide “a comprehensive educational opportunity in the arts, communications, and public information, within a context of enlightened liberal education.” Columbia College will use the funds donated by Shure to conduct a study, in cooperation with Michael Santucci, audiologist and President of Sensaphonics, regarding the hearing health of the music community.
H.E.A.R. is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the real dangers of repeated exposure to excessive noise levels, which can lead to permanent, and sometimes debilitating, hearing loss and tinnitus. Damage from dangerous decibel levels can occur from playing music, attending concerts, dance clubs, raves, unsafe use of stereo earphones, playing amplified systems too loudly, or other noisy activities. H.E.A.R. will use the donated funds from Shure to underwrite the cost of their public education initiatives.
HEI is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing hearing science through research and education to improve the quality of life. HEI scientists are exploring the causes of auditory disorders at the cellular and molecular level as well as refining the application of auditory implants and hearing aids. HEI will use the donated funds from Shure to provide free hearing screenings for attendees at several professional audio industry trade shows.