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H.E.A.R. got started in l988 when rock and roll musician Kathy Peck joined forces with local physican Flash Gordon, M.D. in San Francisco. After attending an excessively loud concert, Kathy and Flash decided to address the problems and dangers of loud music. As a former bass player and singer for the San Francisco rock band The Contractions, Kathy had suffered hearing damage while playing a set at the Oakland Coliseum in l984. The repeated exposure to excessive noise caused a ringing sensation in her ears called tinnitus, as well as decreasing her ability to hear. Though a professional and personal setback, the injury provided the incentive for Kathy to throw her energies in a new direction. With the help of Flash Gordon, Kathy launched H.E.A.R.

H.E.A.R. receives no state or federal money and depends entirely on contributions and private foundation donations. H.E.A.R. has been recognized around the world for its diligent efforts both to educate the public on the dangers of excessive noise, and to provide adequate hearing protection for musicians and music fans. From public service announcements in mainstream media, to information and earplug tables at concerts across the U.S., H.E.A.R. is dedicated to promoting awareness of hearing damage. As a voice of concern between the music and medical communities, we are determinded to make our message heard. H.E.A.R. wants you to enjoy the music for a long, long time.

Since our inception in 1988, H.E.A.R. has received support from some of the most respected, popular, and influential names in the music and medical industries. From performers such as Pete Townshend of The Who, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, and Les Claypool of Primus, to media giants like MTV, Guitar Player Magazine, Bass Player Magazine, Keyboard Magazine, and MIX Magazine; from medical groups such as The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, The American Academy of Audiology, and The American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, to trade groups like the National Association of Music Manufactureres, Audio Engineer Society, Consumer Electronics Association, as well as The Recording Academy, The Mix Foundation /TEC Awards, The Monterey Pop Festival, The Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, Mack's Earplugs, Aearo Corporation, Westone, Etymotic Research, RPG, Virgin Megastores , Ziljian, South by Southwest, Future Sonics, Shure and Energizer. H.E.A.R. is recognized and supported as leading the charge against preventable hearing damage.

Hearnet is our interactive website that is updated regularly, providing information and resources on tinnitus, hearing loss, hearing evaluation referrals, hearing aids and assistive listening devices (ALD's), as well as a referral service of audiology partners, ear doctors, and entertainment links.

In addition to distributing information, H.E.A.R. conducts hearing evaluation clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as producing school programs, and public service announcements with music celebrities for national radio, TV and cable networks. H.E.A.R. has established H.E.A.R. Affliates world wide.

We want you to be part of the H.E.A.R.Story. We want you to have access to our H.E.A.R. Partners for audiological and medical referrals; entertainment and business links. Check out our public service announcement with Lars Ulrich of Metallica. Look for "Can't Hear You Knocking ©" video. Stop by and see us when we're at concerts. Sign up for our contests. Become a H.E.A.R. Partner sponsor. Whatever works for you.

Cruise around our site and and see what we've got for you. Check out our Events Calendar, and see what concerts H.E.A.R. will be promoting and when we'll be in your town. Hear what your favorite musicans are saying over at Artists of the Month. Get info on hearing problems and resources and find out if you're at risk. We'll be making noise and adding stuff all the time, so make us a favorite stop when you're out on the web. ROLLINGSTONE Magazine's Online Web Watch recommends HEARNET for sound information on how to prevent hearing loss


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