SAFEEars!...to hear the future
SAFEEars! promotes the important message that noise-induced hearing loss is preventable. With hearing loss becoming more common in the United States, awareness programs such as SAFEEars!, serve as an important catalyst to educate the public about this important health issue. The program strives to motivate young people and adults to take action against noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) by understanding its problem and its solutions.
Before young people can understand hearing loss, they must understand how noise is a major cause of it. Providing concrete examples and hands-on activities helps them understand that noise-induced hearing loss is real. SAFEEars! Kids are Listening (for children in third through sixth grade) and Listen Up (for sixth, seventh and eighth graders) activities help young people develop an awareness of hearing and hearing loss. Many of the activities also provide opportunities for young people to influence the awareness and understanding of others regarding noise-induced hearing loss.
The Kids Are Listening and Listen Up Activities can be utilized in several types of settings. They are designed for use by teachers, youth club leaders, school-age care staff or volunteers. Chapter members can also present the activities or volunteer to assist in presenting them.
Sertoma partnered with WISE EARS!® to create SAFEEars! a hearing loss prevention program. WISE EARS! is a coalition established by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
If you would like to have a SAFEEars! program in your community,
please register below. Once you have completed the registration form, a link for the SAFEEars! Manual will be E-mailed to you.
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