Listen Smart: Safely Handling the Power of Sound
Listen Smart: Safely Handling the Power of Sound: (15 min.)
Produced by Dan Beck (Hearing Aid Music Foundation)
Directed by Pamela French
A H.E.A.R. Film Presentation:
Listen Smart “rockumentary” features interviews with some of today’s most popular musicians (including Ozzy Osbourne, Wyclef Jean, and Moby) as they talk about the kinds of long-term hearing damage that can occur when music and other sounds are played too loudly. Viewers are given a detailed look at the mechanics of sound as well as an easy-to-follow description of how the human ear works. As the video progresses, viewers are offered the tools necessary to understand why high-decibel sounds can create such unintended havoc on the body. Both educational and entertaining, this video will help viewers to discover how they can make better choices in their auditory “consumption.” This video includes useful tips on hearing protection, information on the short-term and long-term effects of noise exposure and solid advice from music professionals who are familiar with the wide world of sound. Features Ozzy Osbourne, Wyclef Jean, Lars Ulrich of Metallica and Moby. Awards: Cine Golden Eagle Award
Listen Exhibits: H.E.A.R./Exploratorium develop hearing conservation exhibit
63 Exhibits on hearing and sound will tour the world after one year exhibition at the landmark Palace of Fine Arts Exploratorium in San Francisco.
Pat Benatar is the national spokesperson for the Energizer
EZ Change "It's Hip to H.E.A.R." program, a national cause-related
initiative designed to educate baby boomers about the importance
of hearing health awareness, prevention and treatment. The
program, which kicks-off in May during Better Hearing &
Speech month, is being executed in partnership with the
non-profit group Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers
(H.E.A.R.) and Energizer EZ Change, the world's first hearing
aid battery dispenser.
H.E.A.R. STREET TEAM
H.E.A.R.'s outreach to live clubs, raves, dance clubs,
concert tours and music conferences and other special events.
Our volunteer H.E.A.R. Street Team reaches thousands of
teens and young adults across the US. (Philadelphia, New
Orleans, New York, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco,
Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Miami Beach, Phoenix, Chicago
and more!) Over 13 major cities across the US. We are signing
up musicians, DJs, music fans and health students as HEAR
Street Team members in their local area to help us get the
word out on the streets about H.E.A.R.
MTV Spring Break Practice Safe
H.E.A.R., The National Campaign for Hearing Health (NCHH),
and MTV are collaborating on a "Practice Safe Sound" project,
to educate teens, musicians and music lovers about the dangers
of hearing damage and tinnitus from repeated exposure to
loud decibel levels in music and other loud noise with the
advice and assistance form MTV to the development of a hearing
health education program for MTVN.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUCEMENTS:
Several artists who have lent their time and voices in
support of our PSAs include Chuck D, Lars Ulrich of Metallica,
Green Day, George Clinton, Perry Farrell and Herbie Hancock.
PSAs from previous years are also available from Pete Townsend,
Ray Charles, and Spinal Tap, among others. These PSAs are
not only on our website, but are also distributed to schools,
TV and radio stations. Our PSAs are slated to air on top
cable and network TV stations around the country.
HEARING SCREENING PROGRAM
H.E.A.R. provides hearing screenings by our volunteer audiologists
and ENT Affiliates. This year we tested over 1,000 young
people experiencing hearing difficulties due to loud music
and other causes, recommending remedial measures when necessary.
Our musician hearing resources network on www.hearnet.con
has over 130 H.E.A.R. Affiliate audiologists and ENT docs
in cities across the US and in some foreign countries who
support our work and hearing screening programs.
H.E.A.R. RESEARCH SURVEY STUDY
"Occupational Hearing Loss and Tinnitus in the Music Industry"
funded by The Grammy's, Shure and the National Organization
for Hearing Research. A 10 year research survey on musicians,
sound engineers and music listeners.
SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND HEARING CONSERVATION WORKSHOPS
H.E.A.R. conducts school programs and workshop panels for
music schools, music industry conferences, other organizations
and special events. This spring includes programs for the
Oakland Unified School District Music Dept." Hearing Education
and Awareness for Music Teachers workshop and PBS " Deafening
Sounds" video viewing, SXSW Music Conference workshop panel
"What? - Avoiding and Treating Hearing Loss," "Studio Tips"
and "Producers", California Recording Institute workshop
and free hearing screeening program for young recording
engineering students. We hope to spreed this program out
to other cities.
VIDEO DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTIONS.
We are working hard to produce new educational videos for
classrooms and streaming educational videos on the Internet.
Our 1991Critically Acclaimed Educational Video CAN'T HEAR
YOU KNOCKING features Lars Ulrich, Pete Townshend, Ray Charles
and others musicians speaking out on hearing loss "is the
first curriculum High School Program in the US to deal with
hearing conservation. Active Physic's, The National Science
Foundation and the American Association of Physics Teachers
distribute our video to over 10,000 High School districts
in the US. "CHYK" has won several educational awards in
European film festivals and in the US.
7 MILLION HITS TO HEARNET WEBSITE:
We expanded our web site, and have had over seven (71)
million hits. HEARNET is H.E.A.R.'s online hearing health
resource for musicians and music lovers where people can
drop in for information on hearing loss and tinnitus, get
referrals to audiologists and ENT, find out about H.E.A.R.
attended music industry events and concerts, check out the
Artist of the Month, and listen to public service announcements
of their favorite artist.
As part of H.E.A.R.'s continuing efforts to educate the
public to the dangers of hearing loss and tinnitus, we have
launched the HEAR RECORDS™ Project, working with record
lables and artists from around the globe to celebrate music
and musicians while promoting the value of protecting your
most important musical instrument.... your ears. HEAR RECORDS™
feature established recording artists and rising stars.
CDs will be distributed to the public through record stores,
music conventions, music tours, radio stations, music media,
participating record slabels and on the Internet via www.hearnet.com
These and numerous other projects funded by charitable artist
contributions, music industry organizations and private foundations
continue to spearhead our fight against hearing loss and tinnitus
among music lovers worldwide. We are making inroads, and our
efforts continue to gain wider recognition both in and out
of the music business. However, we will not be satisfied until
it is totally cool for musicians and audiences to practice
hearing conservation, so much so that the incidence of hearing
loss and tinnitus resulting from exposure to loud music drops
to practically nothing. But we cannot do it without your support.
Your gift can help
us achieve our goals.