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Noisy Planet Welcomes New NIDCD Director

Debara L. Tucci, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., became the director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), part of the National Institutes of Health, on September 3, 2019. Read more >

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In the Community

In June, Noisy Planet staff presented a two-hour train-the-trainer workshop at the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) conference in Denver. More than 40 school nurses attended “Educating Kids About Healthy Hearing Habits in Schools” to learn how to implement activities from the online Noisy Planet Teacher Toolkit at their schools.

“The toolkit, website access, packets of materials, and interactive presentation and activities were a valuable part of this session,” said one participant. “I can see bringing this information back to my state conference and utilizing the information to inform my school members about how to present info about hearing loss to our students.”

School nurses practiced presenting the science-based, hands-on activities that teach preteens about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. One school nurse described the workshop as the best breakout session she had attended.

“I [now] have lots of resources to share with the science and music teachers,” she said. “I plan to also share [the resources] with the middle school and high school principals.”

In addition, the Noisy Planet team distributed a range of free materials, including fact sheets and newly updated posters, at the Noisy Planet exhibit. Several visitors reported that they have used the materials with their students.

School nurses can play a key role in influencing children’s listening behaviors. The Noisy Planet team has exhibited at the NASN annual conference for the past 10 years and occasionally presents poster sessions.

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