Parents


Welcome to HiP™! This website is the perfect place for your kids to learn about hearing, sound, and the importance of hearing protection. We invite you to take a look around yourself. You might be surprised at what you learn along the way!

Turning down the volume can make a difference!

There is no escaping it. The world of sound surrounds us. Many sounds bring comfort, but sometimes sound can be a bit overwhelming, especially when there are many things going on at once, like the television, conversation, noisy toys, etc. Sometimes, sound can be dangerous and destructive if it is too loud. Most people don't realize how much damage loud sounds can cause, especially to young ears.

Currently there is much research being done into the effects of loud noise on children. It has been found that loud noise can affect learning and communication. The incidence of hearing loss among children is rising.

Here are some numbers to consider:

  • "Over the last 10 years the percentage of 2nd graders with hearing loss has increased 2.8 times; hearing loss in 8th graders has increased over 4 times" (Montgomery and Fujikawa, 1996).

  • 5.2 million 6-19 year olds have hearing loss directly related to noise exposure. (3rd National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Niskar, et.al, 2000).

  • 43% of elementary students routinely listened to a personal stereo system or TV at a loud volume. (Chermak and Peters-McCarthy, 1991)

Researchers are also developing educational programs just for kids to teach them how to recognize dangerous sound levels, and help them change their attitudes and behaviours towards protecting their hearing, and how to use hearing protection devices properly. The encouraging news is that hearing loss due to loud sounds (referred to as noise-induced hearing loss, or NIHL) is 100% preventable.

Noise-induced hearing loss is 100% preventable.


You can help your child at any age

One of the easiest ways to educate your children about the dangers of loud sounds is to simply talk about them. Whether they are very young, or are in their teen years, you can help them recognize when sounds are too loud and teach them by example on how to protect their hearing. Hopefully some day, the use of personal hearing protection will become as common as wearing bicycle helmets or using a seatbelt.

If you want to learn some great information about ways you and your children can protect your hearing, spend some time surfing this HiP™ website. There is lots of useful information and it is a great way to begin a conversation about this important topic with your child.

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