Noise awareness day April 25th promotes quieter, healthier, happier planet

noise awaress day INADTomorrow, April 25, 2018, is the 23rd Annual International Noise Awareness Day #INAD2018. It’s a day when CHC and other like-minded organizations around the world put a spotlight on the dangers of noise exposure and the critical need to turn down the volume in order to dial up our hearing health, happiness and well-being.

The Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) is proud to have founded this yearly event in 1996 to encourage people to do something about bothersome noise where they work, live, and play. Today, we can report that the cause is being embraced all around the world—from Argentina to Bulgaria, British Columbia to Indonesia, Germany to Australia and India to Australia.

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Many thanks to the organizations and individuals who reached out to us to share their #INAD2018 activities. The list is too great to include in its entirety, so here are just a few of the International Noise Awareness Day campaigns around the globe that are catalysts for education and meaningful change.

  • Giovanna Troncoso, the President of Fundción Oír es Vivir (To Hear is to Live Foundation NGO) will oversee a campaign in Panama to generate awareness of health ramifications of noise exposure.
  • Jorge Valenzuela, a student of communications and electronics engineering at ESIME Culhuacan in Mexico is involved in executing a series of conferences at his school.
  • Jan Mayes has set up a social media Thunderclap campaign to raise noise awareness, working with partners noise Free America, Pipedown UK, HushCity, SoundPrint and Quiet Scotland. https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/69171-intl-noise-awareness-day-2018
  • Anders Söderberg, an acoustician at Sweco Environment AB in Stockholm is setting up an array of immersive and educational activities, including a meet the experts, observance of a silent minute, an environment that allows people to experience different listening situations and the distribution of ear plugs.
  • Gina Briggs is writing about #INAD2018 in her blog, Silencity, and The Quiet Coalition’s blog.
  • Laik Kukliniski of Germany launched a Kickstarter campaign in support of a camera that images sound, an innovation that will help people to understand what noise is and where it comes from.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/351002836/the-first-handheld-sound-camera-for-everyone/
  • The FIOCRUZ Foundation, a Brazilian research institution of public health, is planning its 9th year of International Noise awareness Day events.
  • Acoustical Society of America, Melville is a longstanding International Noise Awareness Day participant. Among their planned events, a Youtube live stream discussion panel featuring Dr. Arline Bronzaft, prominent noise awareness industry leader and good friend of CHC. You can see all their planned events here: http://exploresound.org/international-noise-awareness-day-2018/
  • Jeanine Botta, the editor of the Right to Quiet Society and longstanding INAD supporter shares this: http://www.quiet.org/INAD2018.htm

CHC is pleased to be offering free hearing screenings aboard our mobile unit which will be in front of our office at 50 Broadway in Lower Manhattan. The screenings are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. we’ll be there rain or shine.

Additionally, we are hosting a comedy fundraiser, Comedy Night, which brings classic New York stand-up comedy to people of all hearing abilities through real-time captioning, assistive devices and ASL interpreting. It’s a one-of-a-kind evening of laughter that celebrates hearing conservation, hearing accommodations and the power of communication.

Thanks to all who embrace this important educational platform #INAD2018. Best of luck on a successful schedule of activities. Together we can make a difference!