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Participants Take Control of Noise!

By Amy K. Boyle | Hearing Rehabilitation Quarterly – Volume 25, Number 1 (2000)

Amy K. Boyle is a Public Education Associate with the Noise Center for the Center for Hearing and Communication and coordinates all activities for the Noise Center, including International Noise Awareness Day.

The fifth International Noise Awareness Day, sponsored by the Center for Hearing and Communication, will take place April 12, 2000. International Noise Awareness Day, founded by the Noise Center in 1996, has achieved unparalleled success. Designed to help educate students and the public at large about the harmful effects of excessive noise on their hearing, health and quality of life, between 1996 and 2000 it has grown to include participants throughout the United States and around the world.

Participants worldwide have taken control of noise through a variety of activities on International Noise Awareness Day. Kathy Peck’s organization H.E.A.R. ran a chat room in honor of International Noise Awareness Day with music celebrities, music teachers, music students, music industry and hearing professionals online to discuss music-related noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus. The Citizens Noise Advisory Group of Greater Albuquerque took the Community Noise Survey and tailored it to their community. In London, Pipedown and the Noise Network held a press conference in a pub and invited journalists for a “quiet pint.” Community organizations all across the United States and Internationally got media coverage in their local venues about International Noise Awareness Day. Audiologist all over the world provided free hearing screening.

Professional organizations such as the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation and the National Hearing Conservation Association include information about International Noise Awareness Day in their newsletters each year. This results in numerous calls from health and safety departments of companies from across the United States requesting International Noise Awareness Day packets of educational information to display and to educate their employees about the hazardous effect of noise.

From bulletin board displays to chat rooms, from company health fairs to town meetings, from hearing conservation programs in schools to legislative letter- writing campaigns — these are just some ways the Noise Center, through its participants, is educating the public and celebrating International Noise Awareness Day.

You and your organization can take control of noise. If you would like to receive more information about International Noise Awareness Day, please contact the Noise Center at the Center for Hearing and Communication. You can call 917-305-7809 (v) or 917-305-7999 (tty) or toll free 1-888-NOISE-88.

We all can Take Control of Noise! Celebrate International Noise Awareness Day and Participate!

You have to make some noise to end it.