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I always mix both hear about and hear of. So I search for the difference on google. I learned it so I thought I should share it with others. They are close but still different.
"hear about"="be informed of, gain knowledge of"
"hear of"="become aware of someone or something's existence"
A: Have you heard about Ron ? = "Have you heard the news about Ron?"
B: "Yes, he broke his leg."
A: Have you heard of Ron ? = "Do you know who Ron is?"
B: "You mean the man who plays the drums for the pop-group? Yes, I know of him."