Recreational noise-induced hearing loss is a rising concern for youth and teenagers, and children’s activities may place them more at risk. That’s why Western University’s 2nd year audiology students provide everyday tips for ear health and safety to grade 4 elementary school students in London. Through the free program, Sound Sense, audiology students empower kids to protect their hearing, and avoid risks, such as blaring music through their ear buds, because this is a preventable form of hearing loss.
The World Health Organization’s International Hearing Day is Tuesday, March 3. This year’s theme is “Make Listening Safe” and reminds us that once hearing is lost, it won’t come back. Professor Margaret Cheesman at the National Centre for Audiology, Western University, teaches the course on noise and hearing conservation for audiologists and has done a stellar job of incorporating Sound Sense into the audiology program. Sound Sense is free to elementary schools in many places across Canada and is sponsored by The Hearing Foundation of Canada. Cheesman reminds us that audiologists help to prevent hearing loss, as well as provide assessment and technological aids to help people living with hearing loss.