Just the Right Volume: An Essential Conversation about Hearing

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Wednesday / May 6, 2015 / 10:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
United States

An array of top doctors, scientists, authors, and audiology experts gather at this forum to share ideas on hearing loss prevention and awareness. While hearing is important to all people, dealing with loss of hearing can be particularly devastating for musicians. However, there are measures that we all can take to protect our hearing and to help cope with hearing loss.

The forum is inspired by the work of Berklee professor Nalora Steele and is made possible with the support of the Mattina R. Proctor Foundation. Related public service announcements will be recorded at Berklee after the forum and distributed via Spotify. See below for more information about the day’s program and panelists.

Program and Panelists

10:00 a.m.     Registration and Coffee

Tom Plsek, Berklee Brass Department chair emeritus, host

10:15 a.m.     Opening Remarks

Nalora Steele, Berklee professor of music education

10:30 a.m.     Evolution of the Hearing Instrument

Dr. Paul Gross, biologist and former University of Virginia provost

10:40 a.m.     Health and Disease of Hearing

Dr. Steven Rauch, director of the Vestibular Division and vice chair of Academic Affairs at Longwood, Department of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School; and medical director for Massachusetts Eye and Ear Balance and Vestibular Center

11:00 a.m.     Noise and Its Impact on Hearing

Dr. Sharon Kujawa, director of the Department of Audiology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Dr. M. Charles Liberman, director of Eaton-Peabody Laboratories, senior scientist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Harold Schuknecht professor of otology and laryngology and health sciences and technology at Harvard Medical School

11:35 a.m.     Children and Music

Dr. Brian Fligor, chief audiology officer, Lantos Technologies

11:50 a.m.     Shouting Won’t Help

Katherine Bouton, author/blogger

12:15 p.m.     Music and Social Change

Kerry Steib, director of social impact, Spotify

12:30 p.m.     Coping with Hearing Loss When You Love Music

Wendy Cheng, founder and president, Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss

1:00 p.m.       Thoughts and Recognitions

Darla S. Hanley, dean of Berklee’s Professional Education Division