Cochlear Americas is excited to announce the sponsorship of the Hearoes Tour, a 12-week nationwide tour from Songs for Sound, a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for the 360 million people worldwide suffering from hearing loss. The Hearoes Tour includes a hearing screening bus which will travel around the country visiting air shows, retail locations, schools and clinics totaling over 60 stops and reaching over five million people to help raise awareness of hearing health and hearing loss prevention among Veterans and their families. Attendees will receive free auditory screenings, equipment demos and other information and giveaways. The tour kicks off at the Chicago Air & Water Show on August 15 and 16.

Supporting the awareness campaign, country music star Laura Bell Bundy will sing the National Anthem on August 15 and appear at the mobile center during a private meet-and-greet with donors. Passes are available

“Most people probably don’t know that hearing loss/ear disease is the number one disability reported among troops returning from

overseas, yet most can be prevented or treated,” said Jaime Vernon, Songs for Sound founder. “Due to lack of awareness and access, less Songs for Sound 3than five percent of those able to benefit from a cochlear implant are being treated and less than 10 percent of the hearing aids needed globally are being produced. This is why we’re thrilled to be able to combine mobile health screenings and music to shed light on these important issues and help support and educate veterans, their families and the public through our Hearoes Tour.”

“Cochlear understands that Veterans returning from duty have a higher rate of hearing loss, and we have a long history of working to provide solutions to help them get back the sounds they’ve been missing,” said Patricia Trautwein, VP of Marketing for Cochlear Americas. “Therefore we are proud to be part of a program that raises awareness and importance of treatment, and provides access for detection and education with the Hearos Tour.”

“As a musician, I live and breathe music and can’t imagine a world without being able to hear,” says Gary LeVox, Rascal Flatts vocalist, Songs for Sound supporter, and uncle to seven-year-old, Lexi Vernon, a bilateral Cochlear Implant recipient who has performed on stage with him at Songs for Sound events. “I know Lexi lives life to the fullest, enjoying the gift of music which can become a reality for so many others with the help of this tour.”

Lexi Vernon is the inspiration behind Songs for Sound, which was founded by LeVox’s brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Jaime Vernon.


Below is a schedule of events:

Chicago, IL
Chicago Air and Water Show – August 15-16
Laura Bell Bundy – performing the National Anthem on August 15
Free Hearing Screenings

Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Air Show – August 22-23
Laura Bell Bundy – Concert Performance on August 22
Free Hearing Screenings

Baltimore, MD
American Legion National Convention August 28 – September 3
Free Hearing Screenings

JB Andrews, MD
JB Andrews Air Force Base September 18-19
Laura Bell Bundy – Concert Performance on Sept 19

Jacksonville, FL
Sea & Sky Spectacular – October 24-25
Laura Bell Bundy – Concert Performance on October 24

Peachtree City, GA
Great Georgia Air Show – October 31 – November 1
Laura Bell Bundy – Concert Performance on October 31

Pensacola, FL
Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show – November 7-8
Jessie James Decker – Concert Performance on November 7

For additional information on Songs for Sound, visit

Ashley Stein