Noisy Planet’s online newsletter offers stories on noise-induced hearing loss, as well as tips and information on how to help preteens protect their hearing and develop healthy hearing habits.
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month: Communication Takes Care
This May, Noisy Planet joins the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month. Noisy Planet uses this annual event to raise awareness about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. This year’s Better Hearing and Speech Month theme is “Communication Takes Care,” and Noisy Planet encourages parents and preteens to take care of their hearing now by adopting these simple healthy hearing habits:
- Lower the volume.
- Move away from the noise.
- Wear hearing protectors, such as earplugs or earmuffs.
Share some of our messages, including our Better Hearing and Speech Month image (above), available in English and Spanish, with your family and friends. Also, remember to check out the Noisy Planet website, which has a range of materials—including interactive quizzes, fact sheets, and bookmarks—to promote awareness about hearing health and ways to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. You can also share the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #BHSM.
For additional information about communication disorders, visit the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) website. Here you will find fact sheets about hearing loss, ear infections, speech disorders, and much more. Visit ASHA’s website for more information and ways to celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month.
We hope you will help us spread the word about noise-induced hearing loss during Better Hearing and Speech Month, and beyond.
Thank a School Nurse on May 11
On May 11, Noisy Planet encourages you to thank a school nurse in celebration of National School Nurse Day! Sponsored by the National Association of School Nurses, this year’s theme is “Better Health. Better Learning.” Take some time to thank a school nurse for helping students stay healthy and focused on education!
Comments or suggestions? If you have a helpful hearing-related comment or tip, send it to NPInfo@nidcd.nih.gov. We may post it in a future issue for everyone to read. You can also share it on our Facebook page.
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Learn About a Safer Way to Rock and Roll
If you’ve ever been to a concert, you know how loud the music can get! Now think about the members of those bands, who are exposed to loud music for hours, night after night. The rock bands AC/DC and Pearl Jam recently made news about noise-induced hearing loss. Read Noisy Planet’s story on the impact noise-induced hearing loss has had on these bands and what they are doing to help protect their fans’ hearing.
4th USA Science & Engineering Festival: A Resounding Success
The Noisy Planet team, with some help from colleagues at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), had a great time sharing our noise-induced hearing loss messages at the USA Science & Engineering Festival (USASEF), April 15-17 in Washington, DC. The biannual festival is a national effort to advance STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Noisy Planet was one of 22 activities in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) pavilion, which averaged between 2,000-3,000 visitors per hour over the course of the festival. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss by spinning Noisy Planet’s Q&A wheel and speaking with team members.
Noisy Planet Returns to the 4-H National Youth Summit on Healthy Living
After a successful presentation at last year’s 4-H National Youth Summit on Healthy Living, Noisy Planet was one of six groups invited to lead sessions at the 2016 summit in February. The goal was to help youth develop and plan implementation of healthy living activities in their communities.
Noisy Planet presented to more than 200 high school students and their adult mentors and chaperones, and received requests for information and materials to assist youth with their healthy hearing community events. A special thanks to the National 4-H Council and the National 4-H Youth Conference Center for inviting Noisy Planet to participate again this year!
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