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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.

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The Latest from Have You Heard?

New International Standard for Personal Audio Devices Aims to Keep Your Hearing Safe

The World Health Organization (WHO) and another agency within the United Nations—the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)—collaborated in developing a global standard for safe personal listening devices and systems. Read more >

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May Is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Each May, Noisy Planet joins the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in observing Better Hearing and Speech Month. Help spread the word about the importance of protecting your hearing. Read more >

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Research Helps Farmers Adopt Healthy Hearing Habits

Working on a farm can be hazardous to your hearing health. One study found that farm workers who received an assortment of earplugs and earmuffs in the mail increased their use of hearing protection.
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In the Community

Noisy Planet has new resources to help you spread the word about preventing hearing loss! We’ve developed two fun and colorful 11- by 17-inch posters for downloading that are perfect for educators and school nurses.

Sounds Are All Around, A poster that presents why and how to protect your hearing.
How Loud Is Too Loud? A poster that presents the decibel levels of various electronic devices, vehicles, machinery, and conversations, and discusses ways to protect your hearing.

In February, the Noisy Planet team led two train-the-trainer sessions at the National 4-H Youth Summit in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Thirty 4-H youth leaders learned how they can use the Noisy Planet Teacher Toolkit to demonstrate to preteens in their communities why and how to protect their hearing. The leaders also successfully used our activity demonstration videos to practice sharing their noise knowledge with an audience of their fellow 4-H youth leaders.

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For this spring’s Take Your Child to Work Day at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders led Noisy Planet presentations chock full of educational hands-on activities and demonstrations. Kids and parents learned about the science of sound waves, how the ear and brain process sounds and interpret different pitches, and how to prevent hearing damage from exposure to loud sounds over time. 

This summer, the Noisy Planet team heads to Denver to deliver another Teacher Toolkit train-the-trainer session at the National Association of School Nurses annual conference. Many school nurses are active health communicators and interact daily with children and teens.

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