TURN IT DOWN! Sound familiar? This is a phase nearly every parent of a tween or teen will undoubtedly find themselves shouting over the din of whatever music is blasting out of their kid’s headphones.
As our sons and daughters head back to school its a great time to talk to them about safe listening habits. In Healing at the Speed of Sound® Don Campbell and I write extensively about the dangers of noise exposure, especially for our children, who often spend countless hours listening to music through ear-buds. Take a look at the Noisy Planet website to learn why you need to worry about noise and how to start a conversation about Noise Induced Hearing Loss with your children sooner than later.
From Noisy Planet— We are surrounded by noises, many of which have the potential to cause hearing loss. This also is true of kids, who take part in a variety of activities that put their hearing at risk. Any loss of hearing by children can have lifelong implications for learning, social relationships, and job opportunities.
In response, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) has launched It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing. The Noisy Planet campaign is NIDCD’s new public education effort aimed at preventing noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) among children ages 8 to 12, or “tweens.” This age range presents a window of opportunity to teach children about the causes and prevention of NIHL while they are developing their own attitudes and habits related to their health, including their hearing health.
Adapted from the It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing campaign (http://www.noisyplanet.nidcd.nih.gov), a program of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health.”