Hearing Conservation for Children
Programs for Kids
Listen To Your Buds
The "Buds," two cartoon earbud characters designed to appeal to young children, represent an ongoing campaign to raise consumer awareness about the potential risk of hearing loss from personal audio technology. The Buds appear on free bookmarks, banners, screensavers, and more, featuring The Rules of Thumb, simple safety guidelines for children 6 and older.
It's a Noisy Planet: Protect Their Hearing
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) campaign "It's a Noisy Planet" is designed to help parents of 8- to 12-year-olds teach their children how to avoid hearing loss from overexposure to loud noise. The campaign features a Web site that offers advice to parents on the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss, how to recognize when a child's hearing is at risk, and ways to reduce noise exposure. The site contains games, posters, and interactive information about noise and hearing loss tailored specifically for tweens.
National Hearing Conservation Association for Kids
NHCA is an excellent resource, with activities and materials, information on protecting children's hearing, and children's hearing conservation programs including Dangerous Decibels and " Crank It Down!" [PDF, 1.8MB].
"Be Aware of Noise Generation"
A 3-day curriculum focusing on teaching children about noise and hearing loss, can be downloaded from the Military Audiology Association's Web site.
To help prevent noise induced hearing loss, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and more than 60 diverse national organizations created the WISE EARS! Â® hearing health education campaign.
ASHA Member Web Page Information
Prevention Profile: Audiologist Prevention Activities Get the Word Out
Journal and Online Articles
- Providing an Educational Hearing Conservation Program for Kids. Shannon White. (2003, September). The Hearing Review.
- Why Aren't Hearing Conservation Practices Taught in Schools? Robert L. Folmer. (2002, July 2). Audiology Online.
- Hearing Conservation Education Programs for Children: A Review. Robert Folmer, S. E. Griest, & William Martin. (2002). Journal of School Health, 72 (2), 51-57.
- The Effectiveness of an Educational Hearing Conservation Program for Elementary School Children. Gail D. Chermak & Elizabeth Peters-McCarthy. (1991). Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 2 2, 308-312.
- The Effectiveness of an Interactive Hearing Conservation Program for Elementary School Children. Gail D. Chermak, Lori Curtis, & J. Anthony Seikel. (1996). Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 27, 29-39.
- A Study of Noise Exposure and Hearing Sensitivity in a High School Woodworking Class. James E. Lankford & Denise M. West. (1993). Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 24, 167-173.
- Hearing Conservation Training of Industrial Technology Teachers. Bruce L. Plakke. (1991). Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 22, 134-138.
- Hearing Conservation in Secondary Industrial Arts Classes: A Challenge for School Audiologists. Bruce L. Plakke. (1985). Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 16, 75-79.
- Hearing Conservation in Hunter Education Programs [PDF]. Charles M. Woodford & Norman J. Lass. (1994). American Journal of Audiology, 3 (2), 8-10.