Teachers


DANGEROUS DECIBELS™:

INTERACTIVE CLASSROOM VISIT

Widex Canada's certified Dangerous Decibels™ educators will be working with schools and communities across Canada to introduce and present the Dangerous Decibels™ educational program, suitable for children in grades 4 and 5. If you would like to have this program delivered to children in your area by a certified Dangerous Decibels™ Educator please contact connect@widexcanada.com.

WHAT IS DANGEROUS DECIBELS™?

Dangerous Decibels™ classroom program is a great multi-science class. Funded by a grant from the National Institute of Health, Dangerous Decibels™ was created as a result of the collaborative efforts between the Oregon Health and Science University and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The goal of the program is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and tinnitus (ringing in the ears, an early indicator of hearing loss) by increasing knowledge and changing attitudes and behaviours of school age kids. Discover just how important it can be to 'Turn it down!' With the help of interactive activities and scientific tools, students will measure sound, learn about decibels, find out how loud is too loud and how sound can damage tiny cells in the ear, and discover three easy ways to protect their hearing.

CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE

The 'classroom' or learning activities are designed to engage the students with a hands-on experience so they are able to learn by 'doing'. The activities are age-appropriate and teach the students to recognize dangerous noises and how to protect themselves from noise exposure. By examining their attitudes about engaging in noisy activities, they are able to make better choices and protect their hearing. With education and the accompanying changes in mind-set and behaviours, there can be a decrease in the incidence of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (N-IHL) in this population.

VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

If you have internet access in your classroom you can take your students to the Dangerous Decibels™ 'Virtual Museum' that is devoted to 'interactivities' that not only educate students about noise exposure, but also bring to light some of the social and peer pressures they face when it comes to situations where they are exposed to hazardous noise levels. Visit www.dangerousdecibels.org to check out this interactive resource.

With a greater awareness and increased knowledge about the dangers of loud noise, listening habits, and how to handle peer pressure, educators can offer kids and teens guidance and teach them to take personal responsibility for their hearing and recognize when to turn it down, when to walk away, and when to use hearing protection.

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