Atlanta-area students will soon receive education about how to protect themselves from a common cause of hearing loss: listening to music—at sound levels too loud for too long and too often—on electronic devices like MP3 players.
This education will take the form of in-school "safe-listening" concerts presented by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association‘s (ASHA) Listen To Your Buds campaign (www.listentoyourbuds.org). ASHA's Annual Convention is in Atlanta; the activities of the campaign will kick off Convention week.
One in five American young people now suffer from some type of hearing loss, an increase of 31% since the mid-1990s. Also, recent ASHA polling shows that parents have great concern that young people may be harming their hearing through the misuse of personal audio technology, and parents want the situation treated as an important health issue. The National Institutes of Health is a campaign sponsor.
Educators coast to coast have praised Buds Week enthusiastically as needed and effective. Nationally-known and award-winning musicians Oran Etkin and Billy Jonas will perform for Buds In The Schools Week Atlanta. In advance of the week, teachers will incorporate lesson plans related to hearing protection as part of the observance.
Buds In The Schools Week Atlanta Concert Schedule
Monday, November 12
Mount Pisgah Christian School
9820 Nesbitt Ferry Rd.
Johns Creek, GA 30022-9881
McGinnis Woods Country Day School
5368 McGinnis Ferry Rd.
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Tuesday, November 13
The Davis Academy Lower School
8105 Roberts Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30350
Harvester Christian Academy
4241 Central Church Rd.
Douglasville, GA 30135
Wednesday, November 14
The Howard School
1192 Foster St., NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Credentialed media are welcome. To pre-register, contact Greg Weimann, ASHA public relations manager, at 410-869-6919 (cell), 301-296-8731 (office), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 150,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders. www.asha.org.