Conference Raises Awareness About Children and Noise It seems that the number of news stories on the risk of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) among children associated with noisy activities and, in particular, prolonged use of personal music listening systems, have increased dramatically in the last several years. Certainly, I have received many more inquiries on this ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2007
Conference Raises Awareness About Children and Noise
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  • Ted K. Madison
    3M Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division Saint Paul, MN
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Article   |   April 01, 2007
Conference Raises Awareness About Children and Noise
Perspectives on Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology, April 2007, Vol. 11, 1-3. doi:10.1044/hcoa11.1.1
Perspectives on Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology, April 2007, Vol. 11, 1-3. doi:10.1044/hcoa11.1.1
It seems that the number of news stories on the risk of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) among children associated with noisy activities and, in particular, prolonged use of personal music listening systems, have increased dramatically in the last several years. Certainly, I have received many more inquiries on this topic recently from reporters, health care providers, educators, and parents. My hunch is that most of the increased awareness of this issue is due to the meteoric rise in popularity of MP3 players and music downloading services. During this same time period, several new programs designed to educate children and adolescents about noise and healthy hearing behaviors have been introduced, including the ASHA “Listen to you Buds” campaign, the Crank it Down materials from the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), and the Dangerous Decibels® collaboration (Martin, Griest, & Howarth, 2004).
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