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House Ear Institute to Offer Free Hearing Tests at the AES Convention in New York

LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK -- September 2003 -- Through the sponsorship support of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the House Ear Institute (HEI) will offer free hearing screenings and hearing health information for attendees and exhibitors at the 115th AES Convention, which runs from October 10 through 13 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The hearing screenings, offered as part of HEI's Sound Partners (TM) hearing conservation program, will be available throughout the four-day convention, and same day appointment times can be scheduled at the HEI information booth. A certified OSHA technician will conduct the screenings, and can test up to four people at once, every 15 minutes. Upon completion, participants receive a computerized printout of their test results. All test data is retained in a confidential database at the Institute, so that people who have had previous screenings at AES can compare their current test with their prior year's results. A licensed audiologist from the Institute will be available during much of the show to counsel participants on their confidential results.

The screenings and hearing health information at AES are an important part of the HEI's Sound Partners (TM) program, an outreach initiative to raise awareness among audio and music professionals and the listening public about the importance of safe listening practices in the prevention of permanent hearing loss.

"The AES Convention is an ideal opportunity for us to outreach to audio engineers, many of whom are at high risk for noise-induced hearing loss," said Marilee Potthoff, marketing director, House Ear Institute. "We see large numbers of AES members returning to our booth each year to take advantage of our hearing screening services and health information. It is encouraging that we are also starting to see a growing awareness among audio engineers about the importance of safe listening practices."

About the House Ear Institute

The House Ear Institute (HEI) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing hearing science through research and education to improve quality of life. Its accomplishments include conducting the basic research used to set the OSHA standards for noise-exposure. HEI scientists are exploring the causes of auditory disorders on the cellular and molecular level as well as refining the application of auditory implants and hearing aids. 

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