11/5/02 San Francisco, CA
H.E.A.R. Research Study Survey Preliminary Findings Released.
Sound levels in music venues can be as high as 115-120 decibels
with peaks at 130-140 which can damage your hearing within
a few seconds.
According to a study on musicians and hearing loss form
H.E.A.R. - Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers, researchers
(Helen J. Simon Ph.D., research scientist Smith-Kettlewell
Eye-Ear Institute and Lauren Gee, MHS, statistician, University
of California, San Francisco,) estimate that 86% of musicians
and concert goers surveyed suffered from ringing in the ears
after going to loud music venues.
Currently, H.E.A.R. is preparing the outcome evaluation
of a ten-year research survey study "Occupational Hearing
Loss and Tinnitus in the Music Industry." It is H.E.A.R.'s
goal to publish this research data and distribute it to the
music community and general public.
PBS taped interview footage regarding H.E.A.R.'s early research
survey efforts in their documentary video, "Deafening Sounds",
now being distributed nationally to various PBS markets in
cities throughout the US.
Music Industry leader Shure helped raise awareness of hearing
issues by putting on the
Shure "Musical Roots Contest and Concert" which
raised over $60,000 for hearing conservation programs such
as Hearing Aid Music Foundations' Listen Smart! video, House
Ear Institutes Sound Partners program and H.E.A.R.'s research
The Grammy's -The National Academy of Recording Arts and
Sciences (NARAS) and The National Organization for Hearing
Research (NOHR) supported H.E.A.R.'s vital early work on the
650 music manufacturers and audio professionals helped to
raise $45,000 through the Mix
Foundation Tech Awards 2002 ceremonies held during the
Audio Engineering Society conference in Los Angeles to benefit
hearing conservation programs of the House Ear Institute,
H.E.A.R. and music scholarship programs.
Shure, Mix Foundation's Tec Awards,The National Academy of
Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), The Audio Engineering
Society (AES), The National Association of Music Manufacturers
(NAMM), Future Sonics, Mix Magazine, Primedia, Guitar Player,
Music Player Networks and MTV are among the key music organizations
and businesses who fully support hearing conservation for
the music industry.
Attitudes are changing within the music industry. But will
it be enough to seed the change needed to benefit the music
To find out how you can help please contact H.E.A.R.
or you can help by contributing
on line to our efforts! Thank you!