Hearing Loss with Punk Rocker, Kathy Peck

Kathy Peck of H.E.A.R.

You remember when the Bay Area was filled with the sounds of punk rock?  So does our guest Kathy Peck.  She played bass for the San Francisco all-woman band The Contractions.  Surprise!  All those loud shows led to hearing loss.

How did she deal with that?

How does music, laughter and DIY sound?

She talks about it all with Josh Elwood and Mark Romoser.

It’s Hip To Hear Survival Guide (download)

For over 30 years, Kathy Peck has been at the forefront of cutting edge music, community enrichment, and health advocacy and reform. From her deep involvement in pioneering the cultural movement known as “Punk and New Wave” to spearheading a nationwide call for innovative ways to prevent hearing loss, Peck has delivered visionary leadership to multi- generations of music lovers, musicians – and beyond.

Kathy Peck playing with The Contractions in 1979.

Her 25+ year founding organization H.E.A.R. has redefined the tools, language, and image surrounding hearing loss prevention both in San Francisco and around the world, attracting support and partnerships with high profile recording artists, health organizations, and media-enriched museums and concert events.

From distributing free earplugs and hearing loss prevention materials at concert venues to upholding healthful noise level ordinances to partnering with rock superstars such as Pete Townshend, Kathy Peck has become a leader for hearing care advancement and champion for those who value quality musical experiences.

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