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Health Agencies Update
November 26, 2008

Cut the Noise

JAMA. 2008;300(20):2359. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.643

Parents of “tweens”—children aged 8 to 12 years—should take steps to teach their children how to prevent permanent hearing loss caused by exposure to loud noises from such sources as music player headsets, concerts, or lawnmowers, according to a new campaign by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).

The NIDCD said their Noisy Planet campaign is targeting tweens because they are the perfect age to begin learning about hearing and how to protect it through simple measures such as wearing earplugs or protective earmuffs when exposed to loud noise, avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in noisy environments, and turning down the sound on electronic devices. To facilitate such learning, the institute has created an interactive Web site (http://noisyplanet.nidcd.nih.gov).

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