Use for tagging content about applied research not taking place in a clinical setting. The National Science Foundation defines applied research as "... systematic study to gain knowledge or understanding necessary to determine the means by which a recognized and specific need may be met." (From Globalization of Science and Engineering Research; www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsb1003/definitions.htm)

Baby sleeping in a crib

Studies have shown that devices that produce a lulling sound to soothe babies to sleep can damage their hearing if they are used at their maximum volume setting.

Cars in traffic in a city

While they use less fuel and are better for the environment, hybrid cars pose a health risk since they are so quiet—pedestrians are unable to hear them when crossing the street.

Science of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

A listing of studies for health professionals seeking in-depth knowledge of noise-induced hearing loss and its prevention.

An Evaluation of WISE EARS!

A National Campaign to Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

The WISE EARS owl logo

A 2006 evaluation report for the WISE EARS! campaign, which includes key recommendations that led to the development of the Noisy Planet campaign.

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Findings from a 2012 Noisy Planet campaign evaluation related to Noisy Planet audience reach, use of resources, and campaign objectives.

To protect your hearing, wear hearing protectors such as earplugs or earmuffs

Music patrons’ experience and attitudes of earplugs saw improvement after wearing them for 16 weeks as indicated by study sponsored by National Acoustic Libraries.

Referee blowing whistle

Referees' whistles can be as loud as 106 decibels. Referees should consider protecting their ears with vented ear molds.

Girl in subway station wearing earbuds

City noise is a contributing factor to hearing loss, according to a 2012 study. The research found that 80 percent of New Yorkers are exposed to enough noise to damage their hearing.

whale flipping tail in the ocean

North Atlantic right whales are becoming stressed by ship noise and this stress may be affecting their behavior, communication, and movement patterns.

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