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.
Fun Activities and Safe Summer Sounds
The school year’s noisy cafeterias, marching bands, and gymnasiums are now replaced with the softer sounds of summer. Noisy Planet encourages you to explore quiet activities and vacation destinations with your children this year, including:
- Camping in the woods or even in the backyard. When you leave the sounds of the television and video games behind, you’ll be surprised at the variety of sounds you can experience around a campfire or even under a tree in your own yard. Take a hike or an evening bike ride around the neighborhood, make s’mores, bed down in a tent for the night, and listen to the many wonderful sounds of nature.
- Heading to the beach. Do you prefer water over woods? The seashore can be soothing to many families with the soft, repeated sounds of waves against the shore and the call of seagulls overhead.
- Visiting a museum. Kids can learn about anything they are interested in, such as American history, art, or airplanes. You might consider bringing a notebook and taking pictures so kids can share what they learned with their classmates when they return to school.
- Reading a great book. Summer is a great time to dive into a good book. Encourage your children to pick a book about a topic they love. If you’re not sure what to read, you can always head to your local library, where the librarians will be happy to help you choose the perfect book. The library might even have a summer reading club you can join!
Take time to explore the unique sounds of summer with your children. Talk with your children about healthy hearing choices so they can enjoy their favorite sounds for a lifetime. For tips on starting the conversation, read Teachable Moments About Healthy Hearing.
Noisy Planet Workshop at the National Association of School Nurses Conference
The Noisy Planet team looks forward to presenting and exhibiting at the National Association of School Nurses’ (NASN) annual conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 30-July 1. The Noisy Planet team will conduct a two-hour workshop, “Listen Up: Helping Youth Develop Healthy Hearing Habits and Simple Ways to Protect their Hearing,” on July 1. In this session, school nurses will learn how to implement Noisy Planet’s 45-minute interactive program in their schools. We’ll also be at exhibit booth 222 with lots of our free Noisy Planet materials. Hope to see you there!
Happy Fourth of July!
Happy Fourth of July! This Independence Day, Noisy Planet hopes that you enjoy a BBQ, a parade, some fun family time, and fireworks. If your celebration does includes fireworks, be sure that you and your loved ones protect your hearing. Grab your favorite earmuffs or earplugs and let the celebrations begin!
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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