American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHA Launches National Contests to Teach Kids about Hearing Loss

(Rockville, MD - March 31, 2010)  

To help promote public engagement in its campaign to teach kids about hearing loss prevention, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) announced today its annual national song and drawing contests for children 10 and younger.

Based on the safe listening principles from its Listen to Your Buds campaign, which teaches kids how to use personal audio technology safely, the contests will enable ASHA to bring safety messages directly to children in a kid-friendly way. These contests promote the Association's annual Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) campaign.

"Protect Your Hearing...You Need It for a Lifetime!" is the theme. The song contest will be hosted on YouTube. Songs created for the contest should be four minutes or less and focus on raising awareness about preventing hearing loss and the steps children should take to protect their hearing. The first-place winner will receive $250 cash and a framed certificate. Second- and third-place winners will receive framed certificates and $150 and $75 cash, respectively. The song contest runs until midnight April 23rd. Winning videos will be featured on the ASHA Web site beginning May 3rd.

The drawing contest is open to students 10 and younger. Original art should be submitted on 8" × 10" paper. Students can use crayons, paints, or anything else they can imagine to express their creative visions about protecting their hearing. First-place artwork will be used to create the screen saver for the 2011 BHSM campaign. Winning entries will be featured on the BHSM Web site, and winners will receive a variety of BHSM products. All drawing contest submissions must be postmarked by May 15th.

Entry details about both contests are located at www.asha.org/bhsm.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 140,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.

About Better Hearing and Speech Month
Since 1927, the month of May has been recognized as Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM). BHSM is dedicated to raising awareness of communication disorders and the professions and services that can help address them. To learn more about the contest or the BHSM campaign, visit www.asha.org/bhsm.

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