Each May, Noisy Planet joins the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), one of our collaborators, in observing Better Hearing and Speech Month. Noisy Planet celebrates this annual opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and hearing health—in particular, the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. Noisy Planet reminds preteens, parents, and professionals who interact with preteens that hearing loss from noise typically develops slowly over time, so it is important to form healthy hearing habits early.
Preventing hearing loss promotes lifelong learning, and staying connected to our family, our friends, and our surroundings. A recent study of hearing loss among U.S. teens showed that 13 to 18 percent have signs of possible noise-induced hearing loss. Although the study showed that the overall prevalence of this form of hearing loss has not changed significantly in the past 22 years, that’s still a lot of teens who are likely to lose some of their hearing over time. In addition, tens of millions of U.S. adults ages 20 to 69 have measurable hearing loss likely due to noise exposure. Children and teens who develop healthy hearing habits early on can take steps to protect their hearing for life!
Noise-induced hearing loss can be prevented by adopting these healthy hearing habits:
- Lower the volume.
- Move away from the noise.
- Wear hearing protectors such as earplugs or earmuffs.
Join Noisy Planet in recognizing the importance of better hearing and speech. Help spread the word about hearing protection with the Noisy Planet Facebook frame for Better Hearing and Speech Month in your mobile app! Be sure to share your photos and videos with #HearForBHSM.