American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Listen To Your Buds Safe Listening Event

With school letting out and kids about to have more time to fill their summer vacation using headphones to listen to music, ASHA's 2011 summer kick-off for the Listen to Your Buds campaign spotlighted the potential harm that misuse of personal audio technology can have on hearing.

It was standing room only with kids of all ages (and their parents) enjoying a reception and concert at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in Washington, D.C. Emceed by Mindy Thomas of the “Absolutely Mindy” show, Kids Place Live! on SiriusXM Radio, guests enjoyed a fun performance by Grammy award winner Bill Harley who weaved the important message of safe listening to personal audio technology throughout his performance. Harley belongs to the Buds Musicians Safe Listening Coalition, which includes some 60 leading artists in the world of children’s music.

Attendees also included Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA); Mitch Glazier, senior vice president of RIAA; film and TV star Esai Morales who is also a co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation For the Arts; and U.S. Rep. John Tierney (D-MA). On the eve of the event, more than a dozen members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans, agreed to serve as honorary co-chairs of the Listen To Your Buds campaign.

Media coverage included spots on ABC Radio and Univision’s Despierta America.

Leading Figures Speak Out About Hearing Safety

Esai Morales, Bill Harley, and Mindy Thomas speak out about the potential harm that misuse of personal audio technology can have on hearing, and ASHA's Listen to Your Buds campaign.

 

 

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Emcee "Absolutely Mindy" talks with Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA, about the importance of protecting your hearing when using personal audio devices.

 

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Esai Morales, film and TV star, represents the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts at the Listen to Your Buds kick-off event.

 

2011-riaa-concert5Grammy award winner Bill Harley entertains and educates the standing-room-only crowd about safe listening habits.

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ASHA Executive Director, Arlene Pietranton (right), and 2011 ASHA President, Paul Rao (center), welcome U.S. Rep. John Tierney (D-MA) to the Listen to Your Buds kick-off event.

 

2011-riaa-concert1Emcee "Absolutely Mindy" and a boy have a great time at the RIAA in Washington, D.C.

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