Just in time for back to school, an international study conducted by Hear the World shows that noise levels in the classroom have a considerable impact on a child’s physical health and academic performance. The study found that the students reported feeling distracted, irritated and stressed out by high levels of noise during class. Continuous exposure to loud noises inside and outside of the classroom not only impacts ability to concentrate, but also puts students at risk for premature hearing loss.
Although the study found that noise in the classroom is perceived as a nuisance by students, an increasing number of young people are actively exposing their ears to high noise levels in their free time, including frequent use of MP3 players at high volume levels. According to the Hear the World survey, 79 percent of MP3 users in the U.S. between 14-19 years of age set the volume higher than 50 percent of the possible volume range and 51 percent set the volume to 70 percent of the possible volume range or higher. Long-term exposure to 80-85 decibels, or any more than 15 minutes exposure to 100 decibels, can lead to hearing loss. Music players like iPods can top 100 decibels when turned all the way up.
We hope that you will join us for a Hear the World Twitter Event to raise awareness of this growing problem and the increased need for education around this issue of hearing loss in our youth.
Hear the World Twitter Event
When: Tuesday, September 7th from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET
Where: The #HTW hashtag on Twitter
Please join us to learn more about the importance of pediatric screenings, signs of hearing loss in children, physical and emotional implications of hearing loss in children, and more while having your questions answered. And of course it would not be a Twitter party without giveaways! We’ll be asking trivia questions taken from www.HeartheWorld.com throughout the event and awarding the following prizes:
– Grand Prize pack comprised of high quality earphones, iTunes gift cards, and more!
– iTunes gift cards to multiple winners
This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the U.S. 18 years of age or older. Entrants must be present and answer a trivia question correctly in order to be eligible to win.
About Hear the World
Hear the World is a global initiative by leading hearing system manufacturer Phonak created to raise awareness about the importance of hearing. The initiative calls attention to the social and emotional impact of hearing loss and addresses prevention of and solutions to a problem that affects more than 16% of the world’s population. Bryan Adam, Annie Lennox, Sting, Placido Domingo and other renowned personalities support the Hear the World initiative as ambassadors. In the context of Hear the World initiative, Phonak has established the non-profit Hear the World Foundation to improve the quality of life of people with hearing loss through financial and technical assistance. The foundation is committed to the prevention of hearing loss as well as the support of people with hearing loss and their families.