Annie Award Recognizes Hearing Education Awareness for Rockers Hearing Education Awareness for Rockers (HEAR), a nonprofit organization dedicated to “the prevention of hearing loss and tinnitus among musicians, other music professionals, and all music fans (especially teens and young adults) through education and grass-roots advocacy,” will receive ASHA’s 2016 Annie Glenn Award. The award is named for Annie ... Features
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Annie Award Recognizes Hearing Education Awareness for Rockers
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Features   |   August 01, 2016
Annie Award Recognizes Hearing Education Awareness for Rockers
The ASHA Leader, August 2016, Vol. 21, 67. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC3.21082016.67
The ASHA Leader, August 2016, Vol. 21, 67. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC3.21082016.67
Hearing Education Awareness for Rockers (HEAR), a nonprofit organization dedicated to “the prevention of hearing loss and tinnitus among musicians, other music professionals, and all music fans (especially teens and young adults) through education and grass-roots advocacy,” will receive ASHA’s 2016 Annie Glenn Award.
The award is named for Annie Glenn, wife of Sen. John Glenn. She is known nationwide for her advocacy for people with communication disorders, and the award recognizes efforts to broaden awareness of communication issues and those who exemplify Annie Glenn’s efforts to speak out about stuttering—a disorder she overcame as an adult—and other communication disorders.
HEAR was created in 1988 by rock ‘n’ roll musician Kathy Peck and physician Flash Gordon in San Francisco. A former bass player and singer for The Contractions, Peck had suffered hearing damage while playing at the Oakland Coliseum in 1984. The repeated exposure to excessive noise caused tinnitus and hearing loss and gave her a new direction. With Gordon’s help, Peck launched HEAR to address the problems and dangers of loud music and to be the voice of concern between the music and medical communities.
HEAR has been recognized around the world for its efforts to educate the public on the dangers of excessive noise and to provide adequate hearing protection for musicians and music fans.
It issues public service announcements in mainstream media and provides information and earplug tables at concerts across the U.S.
The organization also conducts hearing evaluation clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it produces programs for schools.
HEAR has helped identify well-known rockers to advocate for safe-hearing practices among their peers and fans. Pat Benatar is the spokesperson for a national initiative to educate baby boomers about the importance of hearing health awareness, prevention and treatment. Other musicians—Green Day, George Clinton, Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, Herbie Hancock, Pete Townshend of The Who, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Ray Charles and others—have appeared in HEAR-produced public service announcements on national radio, television and cable networks.
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