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Atlanta Students To Receive Important Hearing Health Message

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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. 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

9:45 a.m.

Mount Pisgah Christian School
9820 Nesbitt Ferry Rd.
Johns Creek, GA 30022-9881

1:00 p.m.

McGinnis Woods Country Day School
5368 McGinnis Ferry Rd.
Alpharetta, GA 30005

Tuesday, November 13

10:00 a.m.

The Davis Academy Lower School
8105 Roberts Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30350

 1:00 p.m.

Harvester Christian Academy
4241 Central Church Rd.
Douglasville, GA 30135

 Wednesday, November 14

 1:00 p.m.

 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 gweimann@asha.org.


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