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AES International Conference on Music-Induced Hearing Disorders Set for June 20-22 in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL: The Audio Engineering Society (AES) International Conference on Music Induced Hearing Disorders (MIHD) will take place from June 20-22, 2018 at Columbia College in downtown Chicago. The conference will feature a wide range of presentations focused on the latest strategies and technologies for safer long-term hearing outcomes across the music industry, including academic papers and panel discussions. Conference registration is now open.

The conference will bring hearing health researchers and equipment manufacturers together with studio and live sound specialists from the music industry. It will feature research presentations and panel discussions highlighting best practices in promoting hearing wellness among musicians, sound engineers, and concert attendees. Organizers also plan to host informal explorations of the Chicago music scene by night.

Paper co-chairs Dorte Hammershoi and Jon Boley have curated a diverse range of topics from leading hearing wellness experts from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia. In addition, interactive panel discussions promise to bring key issues into sharp focus. The keynote speech, “Music for Brain Health,” will be delivered by scientist, inventor, and musician Nina Kraus, PhD, of Northwestern University.

Some of the other topics being presented are:

· Strategies and Technologies for Safer Listening
· Hidden Hearing Loss
· Music and Hearing Aids
· Safe Sound and In-Ear Monitors
· Hearing Protection Devices: active and passive
· Disorders of Sound Tolerance
· Performance Venue Guidelines for hearing protection
· Musicians and Hearing Loss Prevention

The AES International Conference on Music-Induced Hearing Disorders is organized by co-chairs Dr. Michael Santucci of Sensaphonics and past AES president Robert Schulein of ImmersAV Technology. “We’re very excited about the cutting edge research being presented at this conference,” says Schulein. “It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness and spread the latest knowledge to music industry professionals and the audiology community.”

Overlooking Grant Park on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, Columbia College will host the event. The conference kicks off Wednesday evening, June 20, with a networking open house with refreshments and tours of the school’s Audio Arts & Acoustics facilities. Research papers and panel discussions will be presented Thursday and Friday.

Online registration for the Conference on Music Induced Hearing Disorders is now open, with pricing of $500 for AES members and $625 for non-AES attendees. Student registration is $300. Price includes all conference events and premium on-site catering (two light breakfasts, two lunches, one full dinner).

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