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It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing.® (Noisy Planet) is a national public education campaign aimed at preteens (children ages 8 to 12), their parents, and other educators. The goal of the program is to increase awareness about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss.

The science-based program was developed by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  With Noisy Planet tools and information, educators can encourage children to adopt healthy hearing habits before and during the time that they develop listening, leisure, and working habits.

Noisy Planet’s three key prevention messages are:

  • Lower the volume.
  • Move away from the noise.
  • Use hearing protectors, such as earplugs or earmuffs.

Children are regularly exposed to noise levels that could permanently damage their hearing over time. Decibel levels from activities like doing yard work with loud equipment, playing a band instrument, and attending loud sports events can lead to hearing loss. The good news is that hearing loss caused by loud noise is preventable.

You can bring noise-induced hearing loss prevention curriculum to your communities with Noisy Planet’s free online Teacher Toolkit.  It provides easy-to-use resources and step-by-step instructions for fun activities. The toolkit also includes an animated Journey of Sound video produced by the NIDCD. The two-and-a-half-minute video shows the amazing physical processes that allow us to hear and understand sounds.

The Noisy Planet website features science-based information on noise-induced hearing loss, including an e-newsletter, shareable media, and videos and other instructional content for classrooms and social media. Noisy Planet also created a Spanish language website as a one-stop shop for Spanish-speaking audiences. In addition, Noisy Planet offers content syndication to place content from the Noisy Planet site on your own website. The content adopts the look and feel of your site and is automatically updated, requiring no effort to keep the pages current. Stay updated by following the Noisy Planet Facebook page and the @NIDCD Twitter.


Fact Sheet: How Does Noise Damage Your Hearing?

For parents and educators: Information about how we hear; the signs, symptoms, and causes of noise-induced hearing loss; and how you can help kids protect their hearing.

Bookmark: How Loud Is Too Loud?

A bookmark (3"X9.5") that presents the decibel levels of various electronic devices, vehicles, machinery, and conversations, and discusses ways to protect your hearing. A How Loud Is Too Loud? Poster (11”x17”) with the same graphics and information is also available for download.

Research Training and Career Development

The NIDCD recognizes the importance of research training and career development opportunities to prepare a talented and diverse biomedical research workforce focused on communication disorders. The NIDCD supports fellowship, career development, and mentorship opportunities at universities and institutions nationwide (extramural training) as well as at the NIDCD laboratories and clinics in Bethesda, Maryland (intramural training).

Free Online Teacher Toolkit

Noisy Planet offers a free online Teacher Toolkit to help educators teach children about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. The science-based classroom presentation explains what sound is, how sound travels through the ear, how loud sounds can damage hearing over time, and how to protect your hearing.

Hearing Protector Resources

Noisy Planet has free shareable GIFs and videos that explain and demonstrate why, when, and how to wear hearing protectors to help hold on to your hearing for a lifetime.

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