|[October 07, 2013]
3M and Dangerous Decibels Host International Conference and Public Workshop on Hearing Loss and Prevention in Youth
ST. PAUL, Minn. --(Business Wire)--
Public health experts, school nurses, teachers, students, audiologists,
industrial hygienists and media from around the world will convene in
St. Paul, Minn., Oct. 15-18 for the Innovations
in Noise-Induced Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Prevention in Kids, a
weeklong series of educational events hosted by 3M (News - Alert) and Dangerous
Decibels. The series features a two-day Innovations Conference, an
educators' training workshop, and a free public event aimed at helping
kids and their parents understand the sound levels that can cause
permanent hearing loss and the strategies needed to help prevent it.
Kicking off the series Oct. 15 and 16 is the Innovations
Conference, which will cover current trends and innovation in
noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus prevention in children. Fifteen
experts, representing the American
Academy of Audiology, American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Boston
Children's Hospital and many other leading institutions, will
discuss state-of-the-art interventions and methodologies for effective
hearing-loss prevention. Topics range from the "Joy of Hearing" and
"Endangered Ears" to "Noise Hazards from Musical Equipment: Concerts,
Cars, Cans and Kids."
A free, public event on Oct. 16 - "How
loud is your music?" - aims to raise awareness of the sound levels
and durations that can cause permanent hearing loss when listening to
music. The event features 20 teams from Minnesota and across the U.S.,
who will each build a "Jolene." Jolene is a mannequin that measures
sound levels of music devices. Parents and children can watch teams
create the mannequins, have their personal music players tested, and
learn more about how loud music effects hearing and earphone choices.
The event is open to all ages. Attendees are encouraged to stop in
anytime between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m., and bring their iPods, MP3 players
and other personal music players.
"Recent studies indicate that 90 percent of 12 to19 year olds listen to
music through earphones and that nearly 30 percent are at risk for
hearing loss due to the levels at which they are listening," said
William Martin, Ph.D., Oregon
Health & Science University.�"Our concern is that the vast
majority of users have no idea what sound levels and durations are safe
or dangerous to their ears."
"Repeated exposure to loud sounds, greater than 85 dBA, can cause
permanent hearing loss and tinnitus," said Division Scientist Elliott
Berger, 3M. "Our goal is that through educational, hands-on activity, we
can teach our youth about the impacts that listening to loud music can
have on their long-term hearing."
To complete the series, a two-day
workshop on Oct. 17 and 18 will train individuals interested in
hearing education on how to present a 50-minute program proven to
improve knowledge, attitudes and intended behaviors in youth when it
comes to their hearing health. Participants receive a complete educator
kit with graphics, simulations, supplies, a sound-level meter and a
script needed to present the classroom program.
To register or learn more about any of the individual events or the
complete series, visit http://www.dangerousdecibels.org.
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About Dangerous Decibels
The Dangerous Decibels project is a
public health campaign designed to reduce the incidence and prevalence
of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
by changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of school-aged children. www.dangerousdecibels.org
The project is built upon an innovative collaboration between basic
science researchers, clinicians, museum educators, health communication
experts, civic leaders, teachers, public health professionals and
volunteers in a unique public/private partnership. Current partners are
the Oregon Health & Science University, Portland State University and
University of Northern Colorado.
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