Since 1988 H.E.A.R. has led the fight in hearing loss prevention
among musicians, music industry workers and music fans. From
early on we have garnered media attention with the support
of prominent musician's such as Pete Townshend, Ray Charles
and Lars Ulrich of Metallica to help us bring our message
to the public. Here is a list of some of our major accomplishments
followed by our agenda for the next few years:
H.E.A.R./Exploratorium Listen: hearing conservation exhibit.
63 Exhibits on hearing and sound will tour the world after one year exhibition at the landmark Palace of Fine Arts Exploratorium in San Francisco.
Hip to H.E.A.R. Program
Release of 10 year Research Study
Poster Presentation at the American Academy of Audiology
Launch of H.E.A.R.
Launch of Who
Not Forgotten benefit CD
H.E.A.R. PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS
H.E.A.R. STREET TEAM OUTREACH PROGRAM: H.E.A.R.'s
outreach to live clubs, dance clubs, concert tours and music
conferences and other special events. Our volunteer H.E.A.R.
Street Team reaches thousands of teens and young adults across
the US. (Philadelphia, New Orleans, New York, Houston, Dallas,
Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Miami
Beach, Phoenix, Chicago and more!) Over 13 major cities across
the US. We are signing up musicians, DJs, music fans and health
students as HEAR Street Team members in their local area to
help us get the word out to "Protect Your Ears." Volunteers
distribute earplugs and hearing information at shows etc.
H.E.A.R. SF also sets up earplug booths at events.
H.E.A.R.ing Education and Awareness Campaigns: H.E.A.R.,
Doctor Roland Eavey's medical team from MEEI ,The National
Campaign for Hearing Health (NCHH), and MTV collaborated on
a "Practice Safe Sound" project, to educate teens, musicians
and music lovers about the dangers of hearing damage and tinnitus
from repeated exposure to loud decibel levels in music and
other loud noise with the advice and assistance form MTV to
the development of a hearing health education program for
MTVN. The HEAR and MEEI team held a joint press conference
with the Minsitry of Health of Mexico and worked with MTV
in Cancun, Mexico to pass out earplugs to the kids on the
MTV Spring Break set. This is just on example of how H.E.A.R.
works with other health organizations, schools, youth organization
and others community based programs towards these efforts.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUCEMENTS: Several artists who have
lent their time and voices in support of our PSAs include
Carson Daly of MTV, Missy Elliott, Chuck D, Green Day, George
Clinton, Perry Farrell and Herbie Hancock. PSAs from previous
years are also available from Pete Townshend, Ray Charles,
and Spinal Tap, Lars Ulrich of Metallica among others. These
PSAs are not only on our website, but are also distributed
to schools, TV and radio stations. Our PSAs are air on top
cable and network TV stations around the country.
HEARING SCREENING PROGRAM: provides hearing screenings
in the San Francisco Bay Area and via our audiologists and
ENT Affiliates. This year we tested over 1,000 young people
experiencing hearing difficulties due to loud music and other
causes, recommending remedial measures when necessary. Our
musician hearing resources network on www.hearnet.con has
over 130 H.E.A.R. Affiliate audiologists and ENT docs in cities
across the US and in some foreign countries who support our
work and hearing screening programs.
H.E.A.R. RESEARCH SURVEY STUDY: "Occupational Hearing
Loss and Tinnitus in the Music Industry" funded by The Grammy's,
Shure and the National Organization for Hearing Research.
A 10 year research survey on musicians, sound engineers and
SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND HEARING CONSERVATION WORKSHOPS:
H.E.A.R. conducts school programs and workshop panels for
music schools, music industry conferences, other organizations
and special events. Programs this year included the Oakland
Unified School District Music Dept." Hearing Education and
Awareness for Music Teachers workshop and PBS " Deafening
Sounds" video viewing, SXSW Music Conference Austin, Texas
workshop panel "What? - Avoiding and Treating Hearing Loss,"
"Studio Tips" and "Producers", California Recording Institute
workshop and free hearing screening program for young recording
engineering students. You can also find HEAR at the NAMM and
AES Tradeshows working with the House Ear institutes' Sound
VIDEO DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTIONS. CAN'T HEAR YOU KNOCKING
features Lars Ulrich, Pete Townshend, Ray Charles and others
musicians speaking out on hearing loss "is the first curriculum
High School Program in the US to deal with hearing conservation.
Active Physic's, The National Science Foundation and the American
Association of Physics Teachers distribute our video to over
10,000 High School districts in the US. "CHYK" has won several
educational awards in European film festivals and in the US.
Over 1 MILLION HITS TO HEARNET WEBSITE: We expanded
our web site, and have had over one (1) million hits. HEARNET.COM
is H.E.A.R.Ős online hearing health resource for musicians
and music lovers where people and music lovers of all ages
can drop in for information on hearing loss and tinnitus,
get referrals to audiologists and ENT, find out about H.E.A.R.
attended music industry events and concerts, check out the
Artist of the Month, and listen to public service announcements
of their favorite artist
CURRENT: MEDIA STORIES 1. Deafening Sounds PSA national
boardcast on going 2. Eye and Ear Discovery Health TV. Out
Ordinance in San Francisco Music Venues. H.E.A.R. is working
with the Supervisor Mark Leno and Mayor's Entertainment Commision
and the Late night Coalition, Dance Health Task Force and
Dance Safe on an earplug ordinance for SF Clubs.
H.E.A.R.'s outreach to raves, dance clubs and concert tours
reaches thousands of teens and young adults across the US.(Philadelphia,
New Orleans, New York, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco,
Los Angeles, Washington,DC, Miami Beach, Boston, Phoenix,
Chicago and more!)
HEARNET.COM launches Press Room where you can find H.E.A.R.'s
latest PSA in audio and video for broadcast TV or the web,
download of H.E.A.R.'s brochure, H.E.A.R.'s banner links,
and new media stories.
Kathy Peck of H.E.A.R. receives the Key to Northeastern University
for her advocacy work in the prevention of hearing loss through
HEAR THIS CD worldwide record release came out this year
and was a critical success for its genre. It may turn out
to be a collector's record for new school and old school genre
of international PUNK and Rock bands dating from 1977 to 2001.
Media Coverage and Awareness Campaign Highlights. Deafening
Sound PBS Documentary This is slated to go national and is
an excellent documentary! HEAR THIS Worldwide CD Release and
(2) Benefit Shows New PSAs with George Clinton, Herbie Hancock,
Tony Bennett, DJ Qbert, DJ Polywog National Association of
Music Manufacturers (NAMM) Audio Engineering Society (AES)
VH-1 Rock N Roll Jeopardy Doctor Dean Adele TV Show Evening
Magazine KPIX TV Show Cosmos SF. TV 26 California Music Channel
WNVT TV Falls Church, VA Bruce Latimere TV Show Wire Magazine
Contra Costa Times 3-page interview. SF Chronicle 2 articles
Radio shows KUSF, KALX, Rock N Roots Radio, and KCBS Radio
Modern Drummer Guitar Player Magazine MC2 Nebraska TV local
station Nebraska Public PBS ETV Star Magazine Harper's Bizarre
Washington University Hearing Aid Music Foundation (HAMF)
is creating a new video duplicating HEAR's Can't Hear You
Knocking " (CHYK) video format. They interviewed the Hear
clinic, Kathy Peck, Mont Stong, Robert Baker and several of
the musicians at the clinic.
Oticon Focus on People Award for Advocacy awarded to kathy
H.E.A.R. launches new website design by Victoria Wesson.
New features include:
1. Series of web video PSAs
2. On-line H.E.A.R. Auction with music products and music
celebrity memorabilia and stuff
3. Features : informative Hearing Health Magazine articles
on Tinnitus and Hearing Loss Artists Corner features recording
artists concerned about hearing. Webcast of H.E.A.R. events
4. Chat Room
5. Dear Crabby- H.E.A.R.'s online audiologists answers questions
6. H.E.A.R: Affiliate referrals
7. H.E.A.R. CD - Compilation album of bands who support H.E.A.R.
8. H.E.A.R. Store
9. H.E.A.R. Survey
10. links to hearing and music sites.
New PSAs for National Distribution: May Better Hearing and
1. George Clinton of PFUNK
2. DJ Qbert
3. DJ Polywog
4. Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction
5. Michael Franti of Spearhead
6. Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth
Active Physics Textbook and H.E.A.R.'s "Can't Hear You Knocking",
video are in over 7,000 school districts nationally!
H.E.A.R. DJ Night at 111 Minna in San Francisco. Local and
touring DJ perform monthly helping H.E.A.R. to get our message
out to DJ's and music fans.
Music and other Events National Association of Music Manufacturers
(NAMM) Los Angeles and Nashville, Audio Engineer Society (AES),
Gavin Convention, SXSW , NXNW, Milieu Music Conference.
Talks and Panels Bay Area Audiology Group, California Ideology
Association Panel, Los Angeles and San Francisco, AES Panel
109th AES Conference, Balboa High School, Marin Catholic School.
2000 Media highlights:
PBS Special: Dangerous Sounds, Bruce Latimere Show Pacifica
TV, Channel 13 PBS, VH-1 Tom Buffolano, Health Diary PBS,
LIVE 105 Harry O, CBC - Klaw radio- As It Happens, KCBS Seattle,
KLBJ FM Austin Texas, KSJO San Jose, KROQ 106.7 Burbank, CA,
KOXF radio Oakland, CA, KAZU- San Jose, KPOO, KPFA, KUSF,
Beta Lounge webcast of H.E.A. R. benefit show with Perry Farrell,
Sonicnet/ MTV webcast, Frequency Lounge, GIG Magazine, DRUM
Magazine, EQ Magazine, Pittsburgh Tribune - Review. The Metropolitan
San Francisco, Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, Modern Recording Techniques
Fourth Edition Book mention, Hearing Review, Spokesman Review,
Texas Music Review & Ent, POP Smear, Seattle Weekly, Zero
Magazine, Cherry Lane Magazine, Musicians Atlas, Performer
Magazine, Star Magazine, Ladies Home Journal/ More Magazine,
Hearing Health Magazine, Guitar One- Cherry Lane Magazines,
LLC, SPITE MAGAZINE, Musicians Magazine, Life Magazine, Recording
Magazine/Music Maker Publications, WNVT TV Falls Church ,
VA, TV- Channel 8, K-Eye TV 42, CJOH TV, Nepean Ontario, KCBC-
TV, Nebraska Public TV/ PBS, KPFK Studio City, CA.
Kathy Peck is the executive director and co-founder of
H.E.A.R., an accomplished musician , recording artist, member
of the American Tinnitus Association Board of Directors and
member of the Audio Engineering Society Standards Committee.
Kathy lives in San Francisco with her husband David and their
Chihuahua, Choo Choo.
Formation of H.E.A.R. Records. As part of H.E.A.R.'s continuing
efforts to educate the public to the dangers of hearing loss
and tinnitus, we have launched H.E.A.R. Records, an independent
record label on HEARNET to celebrate music and musicians while
promoting the value of protecting your most important musical
instrument .... your ears.
H.E.A.R. Records will feature established recording artists
and rising stars with a public service announcement performed
by well-known recording artists. Some of H.E.A.R.'s PSA spokespersons
have included Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Les Claypool of Primus,
and Todd Rundgren.
H.E.A.R. Records will be distributed to the public through
record stores, music conventions, music tours, radio stations,
music media, and on the Internet via HEARNET.
H.E.A.R.'s two-fold mission is the prevention of hearing
loss and tinnitus through education about the dangers of over-amplified
music and other loud sounds and counseling those already afflicted
with such loss.
Active Physics curriculum textbook. H.E.A.R. is also rallying
its resources in a concerted effort to raise awareness among
undergraduates as well. Recently, H.E.A.R. joined forces with
educational publisher It's About Time, bundling a H.E.A.R.
awareness video "Can't Hear You Knocking" with physics text
book and distributing the package to 300 schools nationwide.
The Active Physics curriculum textbook AES chapter on hearing
loss and loud music entitled "Medicine", developed by the
American Physics Teachers and The American Institute of Physics
and funded by the National Science Foundation is the first
high school curriculum textbook that deals with the real issue
of noise induced hearing loss facing America's youth.
Active Physics curriculum textbook bundled with "Can't Hear
You Knocking" video presented at the American Physics Teachers
"Stick It In Your Ear Campaign"
Virgin Megastores sponsored a national co-promotion with
H.E.A.R. in which customers purchasing one of 50 sale title
CDs will get a free pair of earplugs. The promotion has been
dubbed "Stick It in Your Ear." "We wanted it to be humorous
- not a cut-and-dried, boring campaign," says Craig Hermes,
Virgin's director of national promotion for music.
Hermes lined up Exene Cervenkova of the Los Angeles punk
band X and Jorgee Douglas formerly of San Francisco's Stone
Fox, for the "Stick It In Your Ear" promotional posters. When
he first contacted H.E.A.R., he was impressed by the roster
of artists who have lent their support over the years Townshend,
Ray Charles, Primus' Les Claypool, Sonic Youths Lee Ranaldo,
Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "They've got the who's who of the
rock business behind them," he says.
Hermes agrees with H.E.A.R.'s executive director Peck that
it's sometimes difficult to get younger generations to take
precautions for their hearing. "Obviously, at that age people
think they're indestructible." Still, kids are certainly becoming
more attuned to the decibel levels at shows.
Once a coolness faux pas on par with Barry Manilow T-shirts,
earplugs have become commonplace at rock shows.
(Excerpts from SF Chronicle Datebook August 9, 1998 Hear
Today Gone Tomorrow by James Sullivan.)
North Texas Music Festival Honors Kathy Peck of H.E.A.R.
North Texas Music Festival October 14-18 Features National
Music Charity Founded by a Native Dallasite. The 1998 NTMF
will include the original Noisy Auction held at Club Clearview
on Wednesday, October 14th, with lots of gear and goods to
be auctioned and live music to be heard. Featuring performances
by Bowling for Soup and Flickerstick Tons of cool stuff from
national sports teams, restaurants, music memorabilia, and
more auctioned off at prices even musicians can afford. Proceeds
Hearing loss and tinnitus is the number one hidden disability
in the United States and many other countries around the world.
Hearing loss is irreversible, gradual and painless.
Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers, (H.E.A.R.) is
a non-profit grassroots public benefit health organization
dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers of debilitating
and often irreversible hearing loss and tinnitus due to exposure
to excessively loud sound levels in music, whether it is from
playing, attending concerts, using stereo earphones, or playing
amplification systems too loudly. H.E.A.R. was founded by
musicians and physicians, for musicians, music industry personnel,
and all music fans (especially young people.)
H.E.A.R. founder Kathy Peck hails from Dallas, TX where she
attended Hillcrest High School, then known as Kathy Neeley.
Her family still resides in Dallas.
Wherehouse/Blockbuster Music launches In store earplugs giveaways
in a co-promotion with H.E.A.R. Ultimate Band List Internet
site features H.E.A.R. as their Charity of the Month on Who
Cares. 1999 H.E.A.R. Receives Largest Grant Ever from The
Recording Academy (GRAMMY ); H.E.A.R., a grass roots non-profit
organization that specializes in hearing loss prevention for
musicians and music fans announced today that they are to
be the recipient of the largest grant that the Recording Academy
(GRAMMY) has ever awarded. The Recording Academy is giving
H.E.A.R. $30,000 over a two year period as seed money to begin
collating data that H.E.A.R. has collected on musicians and
hearing loss over the past ten years.
H.E.A.R. hopes to raise enough funds in order to hire a research
scientist, statistician and to obtain the necessary equipment
to help compile and analyze over 10 years worth of data which
they will make available to the public and the scientific
community. H.E.A.R.'s data is in the form of pure tone audiograms
(hearing tests) and surveys which cover all aspects of hearing
health for musicians and their constituency.
"This is the largest project of its kind to date as very
little data exists on this huge population (mainly 18-34 year
old). In fact, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
guidelines don't even list the music industry as an occupation
being at risk for noise induced hearing loss!" exclaims Kathy
Peck, Executive Director of H.E.A.R. "Michael Greene and the
Recording Academy are leading the Music and Entertainment
Industries on these important issues."
Seeing a need for hearing health education for musicians,
H.E.A.R. got its start in 1988 when Kathy Peck (then bassist
for the seminal punk band the Contractions) suffered from
hearing loss aggravated by noise exposure when opening up
for Duran Duran at the Oakland Coliseum. She joined forces
with Dr. Flash Gordon, MD. from the Haight Ashbury Free Medical
Clinic, San Francisco.
Pete Townshend of the Who was one of the first musicians
to speak out about his hearing loss and helped H.E.A.R. get
started with a donation of $10,000. Since then many musicians
have helped out by doing Public Service Announcements for
H.E.A.R. including Ray Charles, Lars Ulrich from Metallica,
Les Claypool from Primus and Lee Ranaldo from Sonic Youth.
H.E.A.R. is now seeking donations and grants to match the
Recording Academy's funds in order to raise the rest of the
money to complete their research.
March: VH-1 and Jim Beam sponsor H.E.A.R. as the recipient
of South by Southwest's out door stage. Talent to be announced.
Estimated attendance 10,000. H.E.A.R. distributes information
on hearing loss and earplugs at 600 live music clubs in Austin
during SxSW. Estimated attendees over 24,000.
H.E.A.R. begins filming a new international co-production
of "Can't Hear You Knocking" entitled "dBdBdB" with Flynner
Films for Sweden's National Hearing League.
April 21: International Noise Awareness Day April 21: Eric
Lenchner, noted Bay Area musician and music teacher who had
his musical career cut short due to tinnitus and hyperacusis
will host a chat room on H.E.A.R.'s web site (www.hearnet.com)
with music teachers, student, audiologists and some surprise
Nebraska PBS films the H.E.A.R. story for release to national
PS TV markets.
May Better Hearing and Speech Month: Launch of H.E.A.R. Records
first CD "Wear Your Damn Earplugs" via the internet. Liquid
Audio, the first Internet company to provide the secure online
distribution of professional-quality audio, has announced
that it will distribute H.E.A.R. Records first CD over the
internet. The CD will contain music of internationally known
bands such as Cake, Primus, Sonic Youth along with H.E.A.R.
PSA s for radio airplay with noted musicians such as Lars
Ultich of Metallica and Les Claypool of Primus.
1999 Media highlights:
Washington Post, Gig Magazine, SF Weekly, Guitar Player Magazine,
The Hearing Review, Modern Drummer.
CES, Winter NAMM, SxSW, Manhattan Music Festival
H.E.A.R. moves to the International Center and holds "Vib-o-thon",
the first live MEDIA CAST Benefit Concert on the Internet.
Vibe-o-thon Benefit Concert Showcased Unique Tactile Sound
System. February 14th, San Francisco, CA - San Francisco's
music and entertainment community pulled together to stage
a benefit concert for Hearing Education and Awareness for
Rockers (H.E.A.R.) at the turn of the century International
Center Ballroom, located at 50 Oak Street, near the Civic
Center the site of the new home office of H.E.A.R.
In addition to the great music supplied by surf-icons The
Mermen, the infectious beat of the Mofessionals, Puzzlefish
and White Trash Debutantes the world's first large-scale "Tactile
Sound System!" allowed concert-goers to'feel and hear the
performances like never before - at a volume that didn't risk
hearing damage to the audience "By vibrating the floor, and
using the human body itself as a bone resonator, the overall
volume was turned down to help prevent hearing loss for those
with hearing while deaf and hard hearing people were able
to hear the concert via sound vibrations," stated H.E.A.R.
Executive Director, Kathy Peck. "It felt loud, but it wasn't!"
The unique system was made possible by generous donations
from Clark Synthesis, the inventor of the Tactile Sound Transducer
that is used in US military flight and tank simulators, the
US Olympic Training Center, as well as the latest generation
of virtual reality theme park rides to allow people to feel
and hear sounds in a way that no ordinary loudspeaker can
reproduce. The Tactile Sound Transducers was mounted in a
custom built wooden floor donated by Wenger Corporation based
in Owatonna, Minn.
Peck knows of which she speaks. Having been a punk-rocker
in the late 70's band The Contractions, Peck suffered a hearing
loss due to continued exposure to high levels of music on
stage. As a result, she co-founded H.E.A.R. in 1988 to alert
musicians and the public to the very real risks associated
with loud music. "It's truly amazing how much support we've
received from sponsors all around the country for this Valentine's
Day Benefit concert," continues Peck. "In addition to the
bands, we had over 25 companies donating funds or services
to help out with the event."
"Music fans around the world were able to 'attend' the concert
via the Internet as the event was webcast with sound, video
and commentary the night of the concert via MediaCast and
on www.hearnet.com. We're continuing to spread the message
for music lovers and musicians to be sensible and informed
about the risk of hearing loss through exposure to high levels
of sound." H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers)
is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education
about the dangers of hearing loss through exposure to high
levels of sound.
This event was made possible with the help of our friends:
Clark Synthesis, Wenger Corporation of Owatonna, Minn., JK
Sound, MediaCast, Key Productions, Live 105 radio, KOME radio,
KUSF radio, Bay Guardian, BAM Magazine, Guitar Player Magazine,
Musicians Union Local 6, Doc's Pro Plugs, EarWear, Squared
Circle Media, Inc., Studio Instrument Rentals, Premier Catering,
Potpourri A Video Forum, TV 26, Samuel Adams Beer, SF State
University Audio Engineering Society.
1997 Media highlights:
News Week "Our Embattled Ears." Hearing loss once seemed
a normal part of aging, but experts now agree that much of
it is preventable. How to protect yourself... by Claudia Kalb.
Guitar Player Magazine, Electronic Musician, The Boston Globe,
Pro Audio Review, The Web Magazine, Scholastic Health Choices,
Audiology Today, Bruce Lattimere Show. National Public Radio
PBS-Healthweek PBS-TV Interview with teenager guitarist and
H.E.A.R. supporter, Willie Gregory speaking out about his
own hearing loss to warn others to protect their ears from
loud decibel levels while playing music.
H.E.A.R. PSA's air on E! Television Network (Nationally approximately
41,000,000 households) Sept. 25, Oct 2, 9, ; 16, 1997 @ 4
am east coast time/1 am west coast time.
Conferences and events:
Summer and Winter NAMM, NARM, SxSW , NxNW, CMJ, Soundwall
H.E.A.R. launches HEARNET web site. HEARNET is H.E.A.R.'s
on-line interactive publication that is updated regularly,
providing information and resources on tinnitus, hearing loss,
hearing protection, ear monitors, hearing aids and assistive
hearing devices. HEARNET features a referral service of H.E.A.R.
Affiliate audiologists, ear doctors and music contacts in
cities around the world.
Fun things to check out are "Artist of the Month", CD give-away
contests, tour schedule of H.E.A.R. and music industry events,
and samples of music and video. Users will also be able to
interact with hearing professionals and rock celebrities via
open forum Chat Rooms and email.
H.E.A.R.'s past "Artist of the Month" honorees include John
Lee Hooker, Robert Cray, Faith No More, Devo, Primus and others.
HEARNET wins 8 outstanding web site awards and is featured
on MTV and in Guitar Player Magazine, Electronic Musician,
USA Weekend, and Fox News-CBS. H.E.A.R. Affiliates numbers
grow to include over 100 audiologists, ENT doctors, musicians,
sound engineer and music businesses. Affiliates assist H.E.A.R.
at music conferences and school talks including NAMM, AES,
CES and SxSW.
H.E.A.R. On Tour with Lollopalooza - Largest touring Alternative
Music Concert in the World. H.E.A.R. Affiliates and local
radio DJ's staff H.E.A.R. booths passing out earplugs and
hearing conservation information. H.E.A.R. volunteers gave
out over 60,000 sets of earplugs to attendees at the Lollopalooza
Tour - the first major music event to ever include ear protection
for the audience as part of the 26 city tour.
H.E.A.R. benefit at the farewell party for the aircraft carrier
the US Carl Vincent at the Alameda Naval Base.
1995 Media highlights:
Radio interviews and PSA spots in 26 Cities on the Lollopalooza
Tour, Spin Magazine, DRUM! 1996 MTV: MEGA DOSE 2-112 SEGMENT
on Hearing Loss and Musicians Airs 21 Times. Mega Dose features
recording artists, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More and
Primus and dedicated H.E.A.R. volunteer audiologists and staff.
Allison Leikind Producer of the segments wins an award from
The Speech Language and Hearing Association.
MTV Acceptance Speech: "Thank you, and thank you councilman
O'Malley for your kind remarks. It is my privilege and honor
to accept this award on behalf of Allison Leikind, the producer
of Mega Dose, MTV's health and lifestyle series in which it
appeared. At MTV News, we are dedicated to covering issues
that effect the well being of our viewers, but this award
isn't as much about our work as it is about the dedication
of people like Kathy Peck and Isaac Feldman. Through their
non-profit organization H.E.A.R., Kathy and Isaac raise awareness
of the real dangers of exposure to excessive noise levels
educating young people and musicians alike on ways to let
the music play while preserving one of life's greatest gifts.
This award is a validation of their wonderful efforts, and
for that we thank you."
Mayor Willie Brown of San Francisco
proclaims June 27th 1996 H.E.A.R. Day in appreciation
of H.E.A.R.'s work in informing the public about the real
dangers of hearing damage from loud decibel levels.
NBC-Nightly News with Tom Brokov and Mornings on 2-TV, San
Francisco Bay Area, tape H.E.A.R. Advisory Board member Professor
Sludge a.k.a. Eric Lenchner and his student guitarists Sam
and Claire while performing for the camera promoting The Guitar
Academy's Annual Benefit Concert for H.E.A.R. Eric Lenchner
is an outspoken advocate for hearing issues and makes sure
that his students are educated to the importance of protecting
their hearing from dangerous sound levels while playing music.
Guitar students (ages 7-17) perform with their favorite rock
star on stage at the Professor Sludge Guitar Academy Student
Benefit Concert for H.E.A.R. at the Noe Valley Ministry.
GRAMMY IN THE STREETS. H.E.A.R. provides earplugs and information
to participants and free hearing testing at this yearly event.
International Noise Awareness Day. H.E.A.R. provides yearly
free hearing screenings for this event.
H.E.A.R. co-founder, Flash Gordon, MD and Ken Einhorn, MD
of the AAOHNS host panel discussion at the Rock n'Roll Hall
H.E.A.R. receives grant from the Monterey Pop Festival. Tours
and conferences: 2nd Lollopalooza US Tour, CMJ Music Marathon
in New York and Foundations Forum Music Conference in Los
Angeles, Big Freakin Deal LIVE 105 radio Shoreline Amphitheater
Concert with Green Day and Pearl Jam.
1996 Media highlights:
Electronic Musician "Hear No Evil" by Diane Lowery, The Music
Convention, Los Angeles, MIX Magazine, EQ Magazine, ABC, WB,
Howard Stern radio show.
Books featuring H.E.A.R.'s work:
HEAR: Solutions, Skills, and Sources for the Hard of Hearing
People by Anne Pope distributed by SHHH.
I Musicians and the Prevention of Hearing Loss by Marshall
Age Erasers for Women by the Editors of Prevention Magazine
Health Books and the Rodale Center for Women's Health. Hearing
Loss: Fending Off the Sounds of Silence.
Age Erasers for Men by Doug Dollemore, Mark Giuliucci and
the Editor of Men's Health. Hearing Loss: Silence Isn't Always
Noise & Your Health. Boyd, Billy Ray, Taterhill Press, San
Francisco. A consumer Handbook on Hearing Loss & Hearing Aids
A Bridge To Healing edited by audiologist Richard Carmen,
Auricle Ink Publishing.
When The Hearing Gets Hard. Winning the Battle Against Hearing
Impairment. Medicines That Make You Deaf... by Elaine Suss,
Active Physics, Medicine, Chapter 1: Hearing ... funded by
the National Science Association in association with the National
Association of Physics Teachers publishers Its About Time,
H.E.A.R. moves its office to University of California Center
On Deafness San Francisco. H.E.A.R. Purchases sound treated
booth and testing equipment with funds from MIX Foundation.
H.E.A.R.'s research survey expands to include tinnitus surveys.
H.E.A.R. conducts mobile hearing van screenings at SF State
University for AES Student Chapters, Music Conferences, Music
Festivals and GPI Music and Media Conference.
H.E.A.R. Co-produced Channel One TV Special featuring H.E.A.R.
spokesperson, Lars Ulrich of Metallica. Estimated viewership
of 8.5 million public school students.
Kathy Peck interviews for series of Scholastic News articles
for US Schools to promote H.E.A.R.'s message. PECK VS. UATC:
Kathy Peck and fellow hearing impaired people of California
win largest class action lawsuit against UA Theater Chain
in violation of ADA law for failure to in install assistive
listening devices in its theater chain for the hearing impaired.
Proceeds of $70,000 from the lawsuit donated to five California
non-profit organizations among them were the House Ear Institute,
California SHHH and California Lawyers for the Disabled.
H.E.A.R. conducts a series of benefit concerts locally in
conjunction with Dirk Dirksen Presents "Night of Acoustic
Metal" with Primus and Linda Perry.
CEMA-Capitol Records Publishing Group launches a hearing
conservation program for their employees bundled with "Can't
Hear You Knocking" video.
H.E.A.R. Golf Tournament sponsored by San Francisco Music
Festival SFO, The Gavin and Simons & Stein.
1994 Media highlights:
Advanced for Speech Language Pathologists & Audiologists,
Electronic Musician, Wall Street Journal, American Health,
Music Connection, Red Book, Prevention Magazine, FDA Consumer
Report, Del Mar Publishing reference book for schools, Making
Music, London, England, Guitar Player Magazine, ASHA Media
Update, Los Angeles Times, Oakland Tribune, Los Angeles Reader,
Sun, Scripps Howard News, New York Times, Mademoiselle Magazine,
Golden Gater University of San Francisco, CA.
H.E.A.R. begins national information and earplug distribution
programs at concert venues, music conferences, guitar and
drum clinics (drummers Carmine Appice and Hal Blaine), music
schools, health fairs and other public events. Key cities:
San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Chicago,
Nashville, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston, New Orleans, Austin,
Dallas, Indianapolis, Miami. Conferences: AES, NAMM, Kaiser
Health Fair, and national music conferences.
H.E.A.R. conducts earplugs distribution campaign with KOSS
headsets. 8,000 earplugs are handed out to Mega Death concert
goers in San Francisco. Kathy Peck conducts interviews with
members of Mega Death and Koss president, Michael Koss, featured
in USA Today and other national media. The American Academy
of Audiology/H.E.A.R. Panel Discussion and "Can't Hear You
Knocking" presentation, moderator Roger Ruth of AAA with Kathy
Peck of H.E.A.R., Dan Healy, Sound Engineer of the Grateful
Dead, Marty Garcia of Future Sonics, Michael Santucci of Sensaphonics
and Mead Killion president of Etyomotic Research.
Kathy Peck is a panelist at the National Hearing Conservation
Association (NHCA) with noted international Ph.D.'s in the
hearing conservation field and Elliott Berger of Aearo Corporation.
H.E.A.R. collaborates with the National Geographic Kid's Network
on their hearing conservation program. National Association
of Music Manufacturers (NAMM) Convention, April 1993.
H.E.A.R. shares a booth with the House Ear Institute (HIP
program) and passes out earplugs and hearing loss information.
1993 Media highlights:
Bunker, Barbara, H.E.A.R. Interview, 1993, German Radio,
BBC Broadcast Radio, Italian Radio, Live 105 USA Today, Red
Book, Town & Country, Good House Keeping.
World Net: The United States Information Agency "Assignment
Earth Series" seen in over 130 countries.
"Can't Hear You Knocking" video bundled with hearing conservation
programs in the US, Canada and Overseas:
The Canadian Hearing Society's Hearing Conservation Program.
Sertoma International Quiet Pleases in the USA.
England's Health and Safety Executive and the National Occupational
Health and Safety Committee of the Royal Society for the Prevention
of Accidents' Sound, Noise and Hearing Teaching Pack which
was distributed to schools free in the UK as its contribution
to the European Year of Safety.
US and Canadian school districts purchase "Can't Hear You
Knocking": Iowa, Ohio, Missouri, Alaska, Hawaii, California,
New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Massachusetts,
Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Washington, Oklahoma, Maine,
Michigan, Toronto, Vancouver and other cities.
National Recording Arts and Sciences, (NARAS) grant provides
distribution of the "Can't Hear You Knocking" video to 7 NARAS
US Army Bases conduct TV broadcasts of "Can't Hear You Knocking"
for their enlisted men and women.
National History Museum in Washington D.C. requests "Can't
Hear You Knocking" and H.E.A.R. materials for their museum
H.E.A.R. Free Screening Program in New York, Feb.1992: H.E.A.R.
volunteer and New York studio drummer, Pat Gesualdo and ENT
specialist, led Kwartler, M.D., conduct a free screening program
at CBGB's to raise awareness of hearing loss issues in the
New York music community and to support H.E.A.R.'s efforts.
Kathy Peck speaks at SHHH Convention in Iowa June 26-28 1992.
1992 Media highlights:
Power 30, Much Music TV, Toronto, Canada, 30 minute H.E.A.R.
feature story with Ozzie Osborne, Spinal Tap, AC/DC, KISS,
on hearing loss and rock music.
Caza, Jerome, H.E.A.R. Interview with French Television,
CAPA Agence Presse Television, May 1992, International viewing,
30 minute documentary, French and English version available.
H.E.A.R. launches "Best of the Bay" CD contests series to
promote more awareness among young musicians and music fans.
The Music Annex, KRQR radio, Tower Records, Barn Magazine,
Guitar Center, 24 Hour Fitness and KAO sponsored "Best of
the Bay" CD compilation contest with unsigned San Francisco
Bay Area Artist. Proceeds from CD sales went to benefit H.E.A.R.
American Academy of Otolaryngology 95th Annual Convention
Kansas City Sept 22-26: Kathy and Flash Gordon, MD present,
"The Effect of Rock Music on Adolescent Hearing Levels" Wednesday,
September 25, 1991. H.E.A.R. presents "Can't Hear You Knocking"
video at the AAOHNS.
At the Canadian Audiology Conference (OSLA), H.E.A.R. presents
"Can't Hear You Knocking" video and Kathy Peck co-chairs a
panel discussion with Marshall hasin, M.S.C., entitled "Deaf
Leopard" with experts in the field of audiology, audio engineering
and sound reinforcement encouraging the discussions of the
important issues of noise induced hearing loss allowing the
music industry and health care professionals the opportunity
to begin a dialogue for much needed change.
The Canadian Audiology Conference (OSLA) panelists included
Marty Garcia, U.S. inventor and manufacturer of the Future
Sonics "Ear Monitors" in-ear monitor system, Marshall Chasin,
M.S.C., Aud (C), FAAA Centre for Human Performance & Health
Promotion, Canada and Canadian Government Health experts.
H.E.A.R. provides testimony for U.S. House of Representatives
Select Committee on Children Youth and Families.
1991 Media highlights:
20/20 TV Segment, Inside Edition, CNN, ABC, KPIX, KRON, FOX,
American Films, American Fitness, The News Tribune, Washington
Centennial, Dance Teacher Now, Village Voice, Environmental
Action Magazine, MTV News, Option Magazine, Spin Magazine,
Editor, Rockers Combat Deafness with Education and Earplugs
Sound Choice News & Notes compiled by Audio Evolution Network
Around the Globe, Seattle Post Intelligence, Herald Journal,
NY, East Coast Rocker, NY, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News.
"Can't Hear You Knocking" (CHYK) Release: The Swedish Government,
Swedish Board of Health and the Swedish Musicians Union funds
H.E.A.R.'s documentary (CHYK) co-produced with Flynner Films
of Stockholm, Sweden.
CHYK features Pete Townshend, Ray Charles, Lars Ulrich of
Metallica, Huey Lewis, Ted Nugent, Mickey Hart of the Grateful
Dead, hearing health professionals and dedicated H.E.A.R.
This super star video, in which young people and musicians
themselves tell the truth about the risks of hearing impairment,
has received Best Educational Video Award from the East Bay
Video Festival and a four star video rating from the US Video
Rating Guide for libraries. (CHYK) receives airplay on European
and Canadian PBS television and is shown at the Cannes MIP-COM,
Donoste, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakian film festivals.
CHYK is distributed to schools and community organizations
in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.
The Cinema Guild Films and Videos on Disability Issues in
New York distributes "Can't Hear You Knocking", 55 minute
broadcast version. H.E.A.R. distributes school talk 17 minute
version of "Can't Hear You Knocking".
1990 Media highlights:
H.E.A.R. Special, Global Television Network, Dec. 1990, Favaro,
"Ear-i-tation", KF3C hour radio show, 4 hour radio show with
H.E.A.R., (Kathy Peck, Flash Gordon MD, Mickey Hart drummer
of the Grateful Dead, Rocker's Joey Ramone, Diamanda Galas,
Dick Dale, Pam Ball of Golden State Audiology and others.)
Grammy in the Schools. H.E.A.R. distributes 1000's of earplugs
and information to school kids in the San Francisco Bay Area,
Kathy Peck participates on a panel discussion on music and
hearing loss at NARA's Studio TEC 90 with House Ear Institute
H.E.A.R. is recognized at the TEC Awards by Mix Foundation
with yearly grant support.
The New Music Seminar Alternative Music Trade Convention
Show in New York attracts 10,000 musicians and music industry
attendees who learn of H.E.A.R.'s efforts to educate the public.
Bammies (Bay Area Music Awards a.k.a California Music Awards)
- H.E.A.R. distributes 1000's of earplugs hearing information
to the awards show from 1990 to present.
Events: Haight Street Fair, San lose Street Fair, Making
Waves Festival, Rock Expo.
Media: Musician Magazine, Modern Drummer, ABC Health TV Show,
Hearing Health Magazine, USA Weekend, In Health Magazine,
EQ Magazine, Associated Press, LA Times, SF Guardian, Men's
Health, Rodale Press, Pro Sound News, WAMQ TV Chicago, Maturity
News Network, Financial New Network, Tinnitus Today, WXTN
Philadelphia, NBC Today Show.
H.E.A.R. Launches National PSA Campaign in 1991.
H.E.A.R. video PSA's appear in over 50 TV markets including
MTV and VH-1 and Fox, 100 college and 100 commercial PSA radio
spots and on air interviews in the US and Canada, as well
as articles in international print media.
Artists Spokespersons: Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Ray Charles,
Todd Rundgren, Pete Townshend, Meatloaf, Ted Nugent, Robby
Kreiger of the Doors, rock guitarist Adrian Below, blues rock
guitarist Nathan Cavaleri of Australia, Michael Patton and
Roddy Bottum of Faith No More, Primus, Elliot Easton of the
Cars, Spinal Tap, Sonic Youth, DEVO, Stephen Stills, rappers
"415", Bay Ocean Mob and others. Sponsors of the PSA campaign
include the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck
Surgery (AAOHNS), the National Organization for Hearing Research
(NOHR), Bill Graham Presents (BGP), Miller Freeman (Guitar
Player; Bass Player Magazine), Roland, Westone and Future
Pete Townshend of The Who becomes spokesperson for H.E.A.R.
and donates $10,000 to H.E.A.R.
International press covers H.E.A.R. story heavily (CNN, NBC-
Today Show, McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, KGO radio, People Magazine,
H.E.A.R. establishes its 24 Hour Information Hotline and
national/international distribution of Hearing loss and Tinnitus
information packets to the public.
H.E.A.R. expands their volunteer Audiology Clinic Program
to the South Bay with offices in San Jose, Santa Cruz and
Palo Alto in conjunction with Golden State Audiology.
Kathy Peck receives the National Leadership Award from National
Council on Communicative Disorders in Washington, DC. Kathy
speaks at the EPA hosted City of New York Environmental Conference
"A Blue Print For Action" and serves on committees at the
formation of the National Institute of Deafness Clearing House
in Washington, DC.
H.E.A.R. establishes relationships with earplug manufacturers,
other hearing health organizations, music industry publications,
music manufacturers and other businesses and begins outreach
to California middle school, high schools and colleges.
1989 Media highlights:
The Hearing Journal, USA Today, Audio Magazine, American
Medical News, Reader Digest, Paul Harvey, Home & Studio Recording,
LA Life Daily News, NY Times, 17 Magazine, Time Magazine,
Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, UPI, Recording Engineer
Producer, Democrat & Chronicle, Times- Union, Japan Magazine,
Audiology Today, Oronmarkt Aftonbladgt, Swedish Newspaper,
Morning Report, Arts & Entertainment Report Times from national
and International new service, Boston Globe, Washington Post,
Glamour Magazine, Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado, Morning
News Tribune Tacoma, Washington, San Francisco Chronicle,
Toronto Globe and other national and international media.
Murphy, Elliot, Townshend, Tinnitus & Rock n'Roll Rolling
H.E.A.R. opens screening program at the Haight Ashbury Medical
Free Clinic in San Francisco.
Kathy Peck organizes Celebrity Rock and Bowl-a-thon benefit.
H.E.A.R. conducts preliminary research on musician's and
H.E.A.R. begins fitting free musician's earplugs.
H.E.A.R. establishes itself as a national non profit organization.
1988 Media highlights: Time Magazine, New York Times