BanZ Sponsors American Speech Language Hearing Association Award

BanZ Sponsors American Speech Language Hearing Association Award

BanZ is proud to be the sponsor of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) 2016 Annie Glenn Award.

ASHA Awards Ceremony

Friday, November 18
6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall A

The Awards Ceremony celebrates the highest achievements and excellence in the professions. Presentations will be made to recipients of the Honors of the Association—ASHA's most prestigious award, which recognizes lifetime achievement—and to ASHA Fellows, whose contributions are the cornerstones of the CSD professions. Additional awards will be given to honor other members who have also contributed to the professions and to the Association.

The Annie Glenn Award is also given each year at the Awards Ceremony. Annie Glenn, wife of Senator John Glenn, is known nationwide for her advocacy for those with communication disorders. "The Annie" recognizes an individual who demonstrates Mrs. Glenn's spirit by making a positive impact on those with communication disorders.

This year, the Annie will be awarded to H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers), a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of noise exposure from music that can lead to permanent hearing loss and tinnitus, among both musicians and music fans. Supported and assisted by respected musicians—including Pete Townshend of The Who and Lars Ulrich of Metallica, among others—as well as many influential organizations in the music and medical industries, H.E.A.R. accomplishes this mission through public service announcements in mainstream media and through information tables and earplug distribution at concerts across the United States.

H.E.A.R.'s public service efforts to help protect hearing for musicians and fans has echoed the very best intent and actions of Annie Glenn. As a known leader in preventable hearing damage awareness, they are powerful in their reach, scope, and ability to inspire, much like Mrs. Glenn. We look forward to recognizing H.E.A.R.'s work to ensure that people enjoy music safely for a lifetime with the presentation of the "Annie" at the Awards Ceremony, as well as welcoming a rock star or two who will be on hand to accept the award!


More from H.E.A.R

Hearing Education Awareness for Rockers (HEAR), a nonprofit organization dedicated to “the prevention of hearing loss and tinnitus among musicians, other music professionals, and all music fans (especially teens and young adults) through education and grass-roots advocacy,” will receive ASHA’s 2016 Annie Glenn Award.
The award is named for Annie Glenn, wife of Sen. John Glenn. She is known nationwide for her advocacy for people with communication disorders, and the award recognizes efforts to broaden awareness of communication issues and those who exemplify Annie Glenn’s efforts to speak out about stuttering—a disorder she overcame as an adult—and other communication disorders.
HEAR was created in 1988 by rock ‘n’ roll musician Kathy Peck and physician Flash Gordon in San Francisco. A former bass player and singer for The Contractions, Peck had suffered hearing damage while playing at the Oakland Coliseum in 1984. The repeated exposure to excessive noise caused tinnitus and hearing loss and gave her a new direction. With Gordon’s help, Peck launched HEAR to address the problems and dangers of loud music and to be the voice of concern between the music and medical communities.
HEAR has been recognized around the world for its efforts to educate the public on the dangers of excessive noise and to provide adequate hearing protection for musicians and music fans.
It issues public service announcements in mainstream media and provides information and earplug tables at concerts across the U.S.
The organization also conducts hearing evaluation clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it produces programs for schools.
HEAR has helped identify well-known rockers to advocate for safe-hearing practices among their peers and fans. Pat Benatar is the spokesperson for a national initiative to educate baby boomers about the importance of hearing health awareness, prevention and treatment. Other musicians—Green Day, George Clinton, Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, Herbie Hancock, Pete Townshend of The Who, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Ray Charles and others—have appeared in HEAR-produced public service announcements on national radio, television and cable networks.
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