HEARsmart film named Official Selection in Overcome Film Festival

Media Release
October 2018


SYDNEY –  An animated short film produced by HEARsmart, National Acoustic Laboratories and Australian Hearing has been named an Official Selection in the Animation and Poetry category of the 2018 Overcome Film Festival. The Overcome Film Festival celebrates films of survival and triumph over adversity.

“Bee HEARsmart” follows the story of Alex, a young musician who begins to hear an annoying buzzing in her ears, a condition known as tinnitus, after a loud rock concert.1

As Alex experiences tinnitus for the first time, she seeks out information and quickly learns about the dangers of loud sounds, how to protect her hearing and coping strategies for living with the condition.

Tinnitus is a condition characterised as a ringing, buzzing, whistling, hissing or pulsing sound that can be heard in one’s ears but has no external source.2 Most people experience it at some point in their lives, often after working in a noisy environment, attending a rock concert or being exposed to other loud sounds for extended periods. Although there is no cure for tinnitus, it can be managed.3

The film was produced in partnership with Musicians 4 Hearing and the University of Melbourne Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology to promote tinnitus prevention and management among musicians, for whom hearing damage is an occupational hazard.

“With a livelihood that involves daily and prolonged exposure to loud sounds, musicians face a significant risk of hearing loss,” said Dr Elizabeth Beach, senior research psychologist with NAL. “The campaign aims to help musicians better understand their susceptibility to hearing damage and recognise the impact that it may have on their daily lives.”

The Overcome Film Festival ran from 23 to 29 October 2018, and the winners of each of 21 categories were announced during the festival.

For more information about “Bee HEARsmart,” visit https://hearsmart.org/what-problem/tinnitus/.

References
  1. Australian Hearing, “Everything you need to know about tinnitus.” Accessed 15 October 2018.https://hearing.com.au/About-hearing/About-tinnitus/Everything-you-need-to-know-about-tinnitus
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.