Award-Winning Listen to Your Buds Campaign Brings Safe Listening Concerts to Orlando Schools

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Elementary Students to Learn How to Protect their Hearing for a Lifetime From Renowned Musicians

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Listen To Your Buds is a public education effort aimed at preventing noise-induced hearing loss by helping teach young children how to use personal audio technology safely.

With hearing loss dramatically rising among children and adolescents, as shown in a recent Pediatrics study, Orlando school children will learn how to protect their hearing through a series of fun, interactive, and educational concerts headlined by celebrated musicians Oran Etkin and Billy Jonas. The “safe listening” concerts, which will occur at six elementary schools this week, are part of the national Listen to Your Buds campaign. This will be the first time that the Buds campaign, developed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), will visit Orlando.

Listen To Your Buds is a public education effort aimed at preventing noise-induced hearing loss by helping teach young children how to use personal audio technology safely. It advocates practicing simple safe listening habits such as turning down the volume and taking listening breaks when using personal audio technology so children can avoid the devastating, lifelong effects that can accompany hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss can impact a child developmentally, academically, and socially. Recent research has shown that 1 in 5 kids ages 12-19 is now suffering from hearing loss, up 31% since the late 1980s/early 1990s.

The World Health Organization (WHO), which is leading a global initiative to inform policymakers and educate the public about the risk of hearing loss from leisure activities, recognized Listen to Your Buds campaign as an effective outreach tool to support the initiative.

What: Series of family-friendly concerts with hearing health message

When/Where: Various morning and afternoon concert times November 17, 18, and 19, 2014, at six elementary schools.

Contact: If you are a member of the media and would like to attend a concert, please contact ASHA’s Joseph Cerquone at jcerquone(at)asha(dot)org or (703) 973-7744.

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