NAMM: H.E.A.R.® and MusicCares® Teaming up to Provide Free Ear Impressions and More for Attendees

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The 2005 Winter NAMM Conference in Anaheim, California will be highlighted by the first collaborative hearing education effort of its kind with a partnership between two like-minded non-profit organizations. Kathy Peck, Director of Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers® (a.k.a. H.E.A.R.®) announced today that the MusiCares® booth (#5307) will feature free ear impressions for custom fit items like musicians' ear plugs and personal monitors as part of this relationship.

The 2005 Winter NAMM Conference in Anaheim California will be highlighted by the first collaborative hearing education effort of its kind with a partnership between two like-minded non-profit organizations. Kathy Peck, Director of Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers® (a.k.a. H.E.A.R.®) announced today that the MusiCares® booth (#5307) will feature free ear impressions for custom fit items like musicians' ear plugs and personal monitors as part of this relationship.

"We have talked about working together for some time and H.E.A.R.® is very pleased to be able to provide the audiologists from our network for what we expect will be an outstanding NAMM show this year," reports Peck. In addition to free ear impressions, visitors to the MusiCares® booth will be able to receive free health screenings by medical professionals as well as information on health issues relevant to those working in the music industry. Peck continues, "we are seeing a wonderful change in the way musicians and engineers care for their hearing, but more needs to be done. It is our pleasure to work with Chanda [Rankin] and the MusiCares® organization to further help people protect themselves from hearing damage as well as to save the hearing they still have - if any loss has already occurred. "It's great to be collaborating with H.E.A.R.® at this year's NAMM show," according to Rankin, "The contributions that both our organizations will provide at NAMM will give everyone access to these healthcare services and information directly on the show floor."

H.E.A.R. will also be present at the show with their team at booth #2003.

About H.E.A.R.

Founded in 1988, H.E.A.R.® is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of hearing loss and tinnitus among musicians and music fans through education and grassroots advocacy. With support from , the music industry, musicians, audiologists, physicians, hearing health organizations, health manufacturers and individual donors, H.E.A.R.® is helping to raise awareness of the real dangers of repeated exposure to excessive noise levels from music. To take a self-hearing test online or find an audiologist in your area, log onto http://www.hearnet.com. Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers is a hearing health nonprofit public benefit organization 501 (c) (3).

About MusicCares®

Established in 1989 by the Recording Academy, MusiCares® provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares® also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.

Every day, MusiCares® helps people we all know — whether it's a young guitar player who is about to undergo surgery without health insurance; a veteran pianist whose hand injury will prevent him from performing for an extended period; the family of a beloved blues artist who cannot afford to pay for his funeral; or a songwriter who has found that substance abuse is consuming his life. MusiCares® can and does help.

For more information, contact:

Kathy Peck

Director H.E.A.R.®

415-409-3277

hear@hearnet.com

http://www.hearnet.com
or

Chanda Rankin

Director of Health and Human Services

MusicCares®

310-392-3777

musicares@grammy.com

http://www.grammy.com/musicares/

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