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Wednesday, March 18 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Be Hear Now: Hearing Protection Is Music's Future

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Noise induced hearing loss is poised to become the next major public health crisis, having a profound impact not just on professionals at every level of the music business but on all music fans who support them with dedication and dollars. Recent Harvard studies have found that post-gig ringing ears and muffled sounds most concertgoers experience for hours or even days doesn’t simply disappear but is a marker of permanent nerve damage and the first sign of irreversible hearing loss. Yet this devastating disability is completely preventable by limiting exposure and using protection. But whose responsibility is it to educate and encourage friends, fans and co-workers to practice safe sound?

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Katie Carmody

Co-founder/Mktg Dir, We're hEAR For You/Georgia Theatre
Katie Carmody is the co-founder and executive director of We’re hEAR For You, the nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the awareness of noise-induced hearing loss, hearing loss prevention, and the use of hearing protection among the music community. Established in... Read More →
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Benjamin Kanters

Founder, heartomorrow.org
S. Benjamin Kanters, MM, Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Co-Director, Audio Design & Production, Department of Audio Arts & Acoustics, Columbia College Chicago; Founder, The Hearing Conservation Workshop & HearTomorrow.Org
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Paula Rivers

Co-Owner / Audiologist, RK Audiology
Paula is co-owner of RK Audiology, an Austin based hearing services company founded in 2011. Paula is a native Texan who grew up shooting guns, riding motorcycles, operating heavy equipment and listening to loud music -- all with no hearing protection. Now her ears ring all day, every... Read More →

Carolynn Travis

Founder, Earlove
Earlove was founded in 2004 by Carolynn Travis — musician, DJ, manager and popular fixture of Chicago’s many diverse music scenes — who’s personal experience with noise-induced hearing loss prompted her to take up the fight against this widespread yet preventable disabili... Read More →

Wednesday March 18, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 10A

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