The latest information on Safe Sounds outreach initiatives.
2015 Annual NHCA Conference
The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) held their annual conference in New Orleans from February 19 – February 21, 2015. The NOMC & AF were on hand with a table in the main exhibition hall throughout the conference. In addition, the NOMC & AF hosted a breakfast round table discussion on Perspectives on Health and Hearing Maintenance for the New Orleans Music Community: Challenges, insights, and preliminary findings.”
AMSSM Conference 2014
In April 2014, the NOMC & AF hosted several national advisors as part of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) conference. The NOMC & AF hosted seminars for Gospel choirs (Praise the Lord and Pass the Earplugs), forums for dancers at Loyola, and hosted a dinner reception at NOMAF headquarters connecting musicians and doctors as well as local and national advisors.
In partnership with AMSSM and PAMA, the NOMC & AF participated in Grand Rounds at the LSU School of Medicine and the Tulane School of Medicine focusing on musical performances, dancer wellness, hearing protection, the history of the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, and how sounds effects the body.
Medical professionals and conference attendees gathered at a final reception at the Little Gem Saloon, hosted by the NOMC & AF and partners, featuring music and testimonials of John “Papa” Gros and the Hot 8 Brass Band. During the performance, blood pressure was taken from all of the performers before they played, during their set, and once they walked off stage. The crowd was able to hear from John Gros as well as members of the Hot 8 Brass band about their experience playing in a loud funk band, changes they’d made to prevent hearing loss and performance anxiety, and how being a musician affects the body.
Practice Safe Sounds Forum 2012
February 26th, 2013 served as the kick-off to the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation’s Practice Safe Sounds Initiative. Held at Snug Harbor, a local jazz club, NOMAF brought together local and national entities to launch the initiative which will provide education and tools to protecting musicians, music lovers, club owners, employees of clubs, sound engineers and more from noise induced hearing loss.
NOMAF with the help of WWOZ, offBeat and New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center welcomed a panel of experts; Amyn M. Amlani, Ph.D., an Associate Professor on the faculty of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of North Texas, S.Benjamin Kanters Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Audio Arts & Acoustics Columbia College Chicago, and Laura Kauth, MA ( Past President, NHCA). This panel was moderated by Kris Chesky, Ph.D., a jazz trumpeter and Associate Professor in the College of Music at the University of North Texas. This group shared with the audience of local musicians, club owners, music lovers and advocates the importance of protecting ones hearing. It was an eye and ear opening experience for many. A question and answer period spawned many ideas for all involved in which this initiative will continue to explore and share with all.
NOMC Hearing Summit 2011
The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic hosted a hearing summit from September 15th – 17th, 2011.