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Going To NAAM? Get A Free Hearing Screenings and Hi-Fi Earplugs!

Hearing loss is serious business, especially for those who work with sound. As much as a guitar, soundboard or synthesizer are tools of the trade, the most important of all would definitely be the ears. However many people aren’t aware of the risks their ears are put at every day, or how sensitive the ears truly are. This puts them at risk of having their hearing diminished greatly, obviously leading to doing work in the sound business all the more difficult.

That’s why the House Research Institute is offering free hearing screenings and Hi-Fi earplugs at this weekend’s National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) in Anaheim, CA. In addition, their licensed audiologists will give consultations based on participant results. HRI will be conducting the exams at their NAMM booth 1292, Hall E, and to accommodate screenings for those working on the show floor, the HRI booth will open early at 9:30 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
This is one stop that you NEED to make if you’re going to the show. It’s not just your health. It’s your career.
Here’s more from HRI:

House Research Institute to Offer Free Hearing Screenings and Hi-Fi Earplugs at NAMM in Efforts to Curb Noise Induced Hearing Loss
Non-Profit Dedicated to Hearing Loss Prevention Served Nearly 1,000 NAMM Attendees Last year through its Sound Partners® Program
Los Angeles – January 16, 2012  The House Research Institute (HRI) [NAMM booth 1292, Hall E] announced that as part of its Sound Partners® program it is continuing its annual tradition of providing free hearing screenings to all attendees of the 2012 NAMM Winter Show on January 19 – 22 at the Anaheim Convention Center. By visiting the HRI booth, NAMM attendees can receive valuable information on noise induced hearing loss as well as Hi-Fi earplugs, which will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
During last year’s NAMM convention, the House Research Institute provided its free hearing screening services to more than 800 attendees. To accommodate screenings for those working on the show floor, the HRI booth will open early at 9:30 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“Before making any other stops, NAMM attendees should come down to Hall E and make an appointment to have their hearing evaluated,” commented Marilee Potthoff, director of Community Education & Outreach at HRI.  “Noise induced hearing loss is a major health problem in the sound industry, and can be completely avoided. We encourage those attending NAMM to do the right thing for their own hearing health by signing up for a screening.”
Anyone attending or exhibiting at NAMM is welcome to stop by the booth and inquire about a free hearing screening — appointments will be arranged on a first come, first served basis. In addition to providing free hearing screenings throughout the duration of the exhibition, HRI will also have plenty of informational handouts and literature on hearing protection and noise induced hearing loss.
Following are details on the hearing screenings:

  • Date/Time:
    January 19, 20, 21 and 22, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Sunday, until 5:00)
  • Location:
    NAMM Convention, back of Hall E, Booth 1292
Licensed audiologists from the House Ear Institute and House Clinic will briefly counsel participants on their hearing screening results.  All results are retained in a confidential patient database at HRI; people who have had screenings in prior years will easily be able to compare results to track any changes over time.  For more information, visit
About the House Research Institute
The House Research Institute, formerly the House Ear Institute, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with hearing loss and related disorders through scientific research, patient care, and the sharing of knowledge. Institute scientists research the auditory system, at the level of function, as well as at the cellular, molecular and genetic levels. We also explore the neurological interactions between the auditory system and brain, and study ways to improve auditory implants, diagnostics, clinical treatments and intervention methods. We share our knowledge with the scientific and medical communities as well as the general public through our education and outreach programs. For more information about the House Research Institute, please call(800) 388-8612 or (213) 483-4431, E-mail or visit 
Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
Hummingbird Media, Inc.
(914) 602-2913

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