2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Be Hear Now: Hearing Protection Is Music's Future

Wednesday, March 18
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 10A
Austin Convention Center


Noise induced hearing loss is poised to become the next major public health crisis, having a profound impact not just on professionals at every level of the music business but on all music fans who support them with dedication and dollars. Recent Harvard studies have found that post-gig ringing ears and muffled sounds most concertgoers experience for hours or even days doesn’t simply disappear but is a marker of permanent nerve damage and the first sign of irreversible hearing loss. Yet this devastating disability is completely preventable by limiting exposure and using protection. But whose responsibility is it to educate and encourage friends, fans and co-workers to practice safe sound?


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Carolynn Travis



Earlove was founded in 2004 by Carolynn Travis — musician, DJ, manager and popular fixture of Chicago’s many diverse music scenes — who’s personal experience with noise-induced hearing loss prompte...

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Paula Rivers

Co-Owner / Audiologist

RK Audiology

Native Texans Paula Rivers and Janet Krueger are co-owners of Rivers Krueger Audiology (RK Audiology). Audiologists with over 30 years combined experience in the profession with expertise in custo...

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Katie Carmody

Co-founder/Mktg Dir

We're hEAR For You/Georgia Theatre

Benjamin Kanters



Fourteen years ago, while studying for my master’s degree in music technology at Northwestern University, my advisor Gary Kendall suggested that I might enjoy taking a course in hearing physiology ...

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