We’re hEAR For You (WHFY) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the awareness of noise-induced hearing loss, hearing loss prevention, and the use of earplugs among the music community.
Noise exposure accounts for much of hearing loss in adults and has been noted as a primary factor in hearing loss in young adults and adolescents. Recreational and community noise exposure can lead to high frequency hearing loss and tinnitus.
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? - See more at: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/31102#sthash.32Pnv1Wg.dpuf