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House Ear Institute Offers Free Hearing Screenings at NAMM

Los Angeles, CA -- December 18, 2006 -- The House Ear Institute (HEI), with sponsorship from NAMM and Shure Incorporated, will provide free hearing screenings to attendees and exhibitors at the 2007 NAMM Winter Show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The free hearing screenings will be available in Booth #1196 in Hall E between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 18 through Saturday, January 20, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2007. A certified health technician will conduct the screenings based on regulatory guidelines established by OSHA, and House Ear Institute personnel will provide audiology consultations and hearing health education. Also, the Institute will offer the Hearing-In-Noise Test (HINT) as part of a research study being conducted on the music and pro-audio industries.

The screenings are a part of the House Ear Institute's Sound Partners (TM) hearing conservation program and Shure's "Listen Safe" program. Sound Partners raises awareness among audio and music professionals and the listening public about the permanent hearing health risks associated with excessive exposure to sound volumes at or exceeding 85 decibels (dB), and practical protection methods to encourage the lifelong enjoyment of sound. Shure's "Listen Safe" is the company's hearing conservation program dedicated to teaching consumers and audio professionals how to enjoy sound responsibly.

"We're pleased that NAMM show staff and Shure Inc. continue to sponsor our hearing health services at this important music industry event," said Marilee Potthoff, director of marketing and outreach, House Ear Institute. "Musicians depend on their ability to hear well, yet are particularly vulnerable to noise-induced hearing loss."

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 and the education of tens of thousands of audio professionals about the important of hearing conservation practices for better hearing health. 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. HEI is located at 2100 W. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057.

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