Sponsor and protectThe goal of Adopt-a-Band is to promote awareness among young musicians, music educators and parents about the importance of protecting hearing. The program is easy to join and available to everyone. Your donation provides high-fidelity hearing protection and educational materials on safe listening levels.
About the Program
Help Musicians Hear for a Lifetime
Etymotic Research, the first company to create high-fidelity hearing protection, is on a mission to preserve the hearing of drumline, marching and concert band members nationwide. With your help, the Adopt-a-Band Program will educate musicians about the importance of wearing hearing protection during practice and performance.
The Adopt-a-Band Program is simple to join and available to parents, boosters, band directors, music educators — anyone interested in advocating safe playing and practicing habits for today’s young musicians.
What Sponsorship Provides
- ETY•Plugs High-Fidelity Earplugs and cord
- Educational materials on safe listening levels
- Industry news and updates
The Importance of Hearing Protection
Hearing loss is a function of exposure time, the average sound level, and the peak level of very loud sounds. Exposure to excessive noise from drumlines, pipebands, marching bands, orchestras, and music from a player’s own instrument or nearby instruments can cause permanent hearing loss depending on the intensity and duration of the sound. Some persons are more susceptible to hearing loss from high-level sound than others.
The human ear overloads at high sound levels, making it difficult to impossible to distinguish the blend with other instruments.
Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and temporary hearing loss can occur from a single concert, sporting event, or sudden loud noise like a firecracker. Even if a temporary hearing loss recovers over a period of hours to days, there is a risk that repeated exposure could result in permanent hearing loss.
The good news: Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who can adopt a band?A: Anyone who is 18 years of age of older. Sponsors are typically parents, booster clubs, teachers, band members or supporters from the community.
Q: Is Adopt-A-Band only for high school bands?A: No. Supporters can adopt any type of music group, including a neighborhood rock band. The goal is to protect hearing, so supplying earplugs and information is not limited.
Q: Is Adopt-A-Band expensive?A: Not at all. You can sponsor 10 musicians for only $60. (Level 1)
Q: If I choose a certain sponsorship level, do I have to buy the same number of ETY•Plugs every time?A: Once you sponsor a band, you may purchase additional ETY•Plugs in any quantity at the same discounted price.
Q: Can I sell these earplugs?A: ETY•Plugs purchased through this program are intended for band members; however, Etymotic Research does have a fundraising program with specific guidelines for groups with non-profit status. Contact the Adopt-a-Band program administrator for more information.
Q: Can our band be featured on Etymotic's website and Facebook page?A: Absolutely! Sponsors can send images, stats and band website links to the Adopt-a-Band program administrator for posting.
Q: How do I get started?A: Click here and fill out the registration form. It's just that simple.
Adopting a band is easy. First, review the sponsorship levels and make your selection. Then fill out the form below and submit your request.
ADOPT-A-BAND Sponsorship Levels
|ETY·Plugs High-Fidelity Earplugs & cord (Retail value $12.95 each)||10 pairs||25 pairs||50 pairs||100 pairs|
|Pamphlet with facts and charts about hearing protection||50||100||100||200|
|Hear for a Lifetime DVD|
|MusicPro 9-15 Electronic Earplugs for Band Director (Retail value $399)|
|ER-200 Noise Dosimeter to measure sound exposure (Retail value $149)|
|Etymotic will place an ad (up to $250) in your band's directory, program or website|
|Education, awareness and protecting the hearing of young musicians are the
foundation of the Adopt-a-Band Program. By providing products at more than
half-off retail prices, Etymotic Research demonstrates a strong commitment
to promoting healthy playing and listening habits.