What is H.E.A.R.?

H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers) 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 decibels can occur from playing music, attending concerts, dance clubs, raves, using stereo earphones, playing amplified systems too loudly, or other noisy activities.

We’re here for musicians, DJs, sound engineers, music fans (especially young people) and anyone needing help with their hearing. If your hearing is fine we’re here to help you keep it that way. If not, perhaps we can help you.

Why We Are H.E.A.R.

Hearing loss and tinnitus is the number one hidden disability in the United States and throughout the world. Hearing loss is irreversible, gradual, and painless. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reports 51 million Americans suffer from tinnitus (ringing in the ears), while 28 million more have hearing loss. Twenty million Americans are exposed to hazardous sound levels regularly. Mead Killion Ph.D. suggests, “the evidence is coming in that intense music over a period of time is just as damaging as intense industrial noise.” Music is one industry where technology has outpaced the human body’s ability to cope. As a result, many young musicians, DJs and music fans have had their hearing permanently damaged.

H.E.A.R. has been recognized around the world for its diligent efforts to educate the public on the dangers of excessive noise, and to provide adequate hearing protection for the public. The organization’s public service announcements are all over the mainstream media, including MTV, CNN, PBS, Newsweek, Guitar Player, MIX Magazine, and Rolling Stone. H.E.A.R.’s information tables with free earplugs are at concerts across the U.S., promoting awareness of hearing damage.

As a voice of concern from both the music and medical communities, we are determined to make our message heard.

H.E.A.R. wants you to enjoy the music for a long, long time

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