Hearing Protection for Children One of the highlights of the visits I make to classrooms to talk to school children about noise and hearing loss prevention is the time spent trying on hearing protectors and listening to loud sounds. The kids really love getting their hands on various devices to experiment with them ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2007
Hearing Protection for Children
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  • Ted K. Madison
    3M Occupational Health & Environmental Safety Division Saint Paul, MN
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Article   |   April 01, 2007
Hearing Protection for Children
Perspectives on Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology, April 2007, Vol. 11, 11-12. doi:10.1044/hcoa11.1.11
Perspectives on Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology, April 2007, Vol. 11, 11-12. doi:10.1044/hcoa11.1.11
One of the highlights of the visits I make to classrooms to talk to school children about noise and hearing loss prevention is the time spent trying on hearing protectors and listening to loud sounds. The kids really love getting their hands on various devices to experiment with them and hear how they work. These activities come near the end of the lesson, after the children have learned about what sound is and how loud sound can hurt their ears. The objective is for the students to learn how to respond when they are exposed to loud sounds. The three specific strategies I teach are those used in the Dangerous Decibels® curriculum, Turn it Down, Walk Away, and Wear Hearing Protection (Martin, Griest & Howarth, 2004). To teach these concepts, I use various activities adapted from the Dangerous Decibels® Teacher’s Resource Guide (Johnson, 2005) and the Crank It Down materials developed by the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA). For links to these and other useful tools for teaching children about noise, visit the Resources for Educators section of the NHCA Web site (www.hearingconservation.org).
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