You may not realize it, but many children are exposed to potentially damaging noise levels every day. Exposure to noisy school cafeterias, loud music, movies, video games, sporting events, and other noisy activities can lead to noise-induced hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss:

  • Can build over time.
  • Is permanent.
  • Is preventable.

Although noise-induced hearing loss can occur at any age, the Noisy Planet campaign focuses on preteens. Children ages 8-12 are at an important stage in their lives. They are starting to make some of their own choices—some of which may expose them to dangerous noise levels. At the same time, they are still listening to the adults in their lives—so they’re ready to hear and act upon important personal health messages. That’s why this is a great time to help children develop healthy hearing habits.

Teacher Toolkit

Educator and student demonstrating the tuning fork activity

Noisy Planet’s Teacher Toolkit will help you teach preteens about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. It provides easy-to-use resources and step-by-step instructions for fun activities.

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Kids and Healthy Hearing Habits

Child with protection earphones during concert

Learn about how we hear and how noise can cause hearing loss. Learn more about how to protect preteens from noise-induced hearing loss.

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All that Noise! What Adults Can Do to Protect Kids' Hearing

High school students and a teacher, who is using a power tool, wearing protective earphones in a woodworking class.

Learn what resources are available to help educators incorporate healthy hearing messages into their daily interactions with kids.

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Shareable Images and Downloads

Three ways to protect your hearing

Check out free resources that you can download, share, and order.

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