On Friday, March 17, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. at the Austin Convention Center (Room 10A), as part of the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival, MusiCares® and The Recording Academy®'s Producers & Engineers Wing® will present "Listen Up: Why Protecting Your Hearing Really Does Matter."
Studies have shown that music creators are nearly four times more likely to suffer preventable hearing damage. For artists and engineers alike, healthy hearing is vital to a long and successful career. At this educational panel, attendees will learn how their ears work and what they need to know to protect their hearing for the long haul. Eligible music professionals in attendance will have the first opportunity to register to receive free custom hearing protection via MusiCares, exclusively at SXSW.
Maureen Droney, former audio engineer and current Managing Director of The Recording Academy, P&E Wing and Recording Technology, will moderate the panel. Speakers will include S. Benjamin Kanters, Associate Chair and Associate Professor, Audio Arts & Acoustics Department, Columbia College Chicago; Dr. Michael Santucci, audiologist and founder/president of Sensaphonics Hearing Preservation Foundation; and Brett Bryngelson, MusiCares Program Specialist and Manager.
"For audio professionals, taking a long view of hearing loss and protection can be challenging," states Droney. "It may be difficult to notice damage as it is happening, and once it's occurred, it may feel like there is no point in worrying about it anymore. The good news is that there are some easy, common sense, practical steps that can be taken to preserve your hearing day-to-day. It's so important that we all keep our hearing as healthy as it can be, and this panel will explore ways to make that happen for all of us."
For more information, visit producersandengineers.com.