Shure Incorporated announced that it will again donate $50,000 this year to four organizations as part of the Shure Listen Safe program: Columbia College (Chicago), Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.), The House Ear Institute (HEI) and the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) Scholarship Foundation.
“Noise-induced hearing loss is a serious health problem that can be prevented, but people need to be aware of the risk factors and preventive measures that can be taken in order to minimize their risk,” says Sandy LaMantia, president and CEO of Shure. “Our donations to these four organizations will help them to continue their important public education and research initiatives, which we hope will help save the hearing of many.”
Columbia College will use the funds donated by Shure to conduct a study in cooperation with Michael Santucci, audiologist and president of Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation, regarding the hearing health of the music community. H.E.A.R. will use the donated funds to underwrite the cost of its public education initiatives. HEI will use the funds to provide free hearing screenings for attendees at several professional audio industry trade shows. The NHCA awards funds to currently enrolled graduate students conducting research and traveling to the annual NHCA national convention.
In addition to making these donations, Shure Listen Safe will promote hearing conservation by providing free hearing screenings and distributing hearing protection devices at professional audio industry trade shows, music conferences and festivals, and to Shure’s employees.