GeneralSince our inception in 1988, H.E.A.R. has received support from some of the most respected, popular, and influential names in the music and medical industries.
MusicIt's not cool when you can't hear
It's no secret that today's society exposes us all to a lot of noise. Exposure to excessively loud levels of noise can't always be avoided, but we can do things to prevent damage to our ears. Many people don't think twice about getting their eyes examined on a regular basis, readily purchasing glasses or contact lenses if necessary, and yet neglecting to take care of their ears. While hearing loss might not be as noticeable as sight degeneration in the earliest stages, the long-term damage can be more severe if left unchecked. What's more, many people don't realize that their increasing communication problems are caused by their own inability to clearly understand others, leading to misdirected irritability, anger and frustration.
One way to reduce hearing damage is by paying attention to noise levels and realizing when they are too high. If you work in a noisy environment, check out the decibel level you are being exposed to and take the proper precautions. Have your hearing evaluated at least once a year by a hearing health professional. Turn down the volume, or remove yourself from the noise area when possible. Give your ears a rest for 24 hours after exposure to dangerous levels of noise, and get yourself some hearing protection especially, if you are a professional musician.
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H.E.A.R. got started in l988 when rock and roll musician Kathy Peck joined forces with local physican Flash Gordon, M.D. in San Francisco. After attending an excessively loud concert, Kathy and Flash decided to address the problems and dangers of loud music. As a former bass player and singer for the San Francisco rock band The Contractions, Kathy had suffered hearing damage while playing a set at the Oakland Coliseum in l984. The repeated exposure to excessive noise caused a ringing sensation in her ears called tinnitus, as well as decreasing her ability to hear. Though a professional and personal setback, the injury provided the incentive for Kathy to throw her energies in a new direction. With the help of Flash Gordon, Kathy launched H.E.A.R.
H.E.A.R. receives no state or federal money and depends entirely on contributions and private foundation donations. H.E.A.R. has been recognized around the world for its diligent efforts both to educate the public on the dangers of excessive noise, and to provide adequate hearing protection for musicians and music fans. From public service announcements in mainstream media, to information and earplug tables at concerts across the U.S., H.E.A.R. is dedicated to promoting awareness of hearing damage. As a voice of concern between the music and medical communities, we are determinded to make our message heard. H.E.A.R. wants you to enjoy the music for a long, long time.
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Contact Kathy at the H.E.A.R. Office in San Francisco via (myspace.com/hearnet) or 415-409-3277 for a hearing appointment in the Bay Area or for a national referral for Musician Earplugs or custom earmolds for professional earphone stage monitors and information on hearing loss and hearing protection. Protect your music career by protecting your hearing.
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H.E.A.R., Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers is dedicated to the prevention of hearing loss and tinnitus among musicians and music fans. H.E.A.R. delivers information on hearing loss and tinnitus, provides hearing appointments and hearing referrals, distributes hearing protection to thousands of people at music events, schools and music camps and launches national public service hearing loss prevention campaigns and hearing education programs.
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