Youth Education Programme
Making Listening Safe
A major factor in youth hearing loss is ongoing exposure to loud noises, such as listening to personal devices on headphones too loudly and for too long.
Noise-induced hearing loss is irreversible and completely preventable. To ensure young people are aware of the risks, we have developed the Make Listening Safe Programme that focuses on educating young people about noise-induced hearing loss and how to protect their precious hearing.
If you would like to receive information about this programme, please register your interest here.
NFDHH Youth Ambassador, Lily McManus, has a message for Kiwi kids.
What happens when kids listen to music for too long and too loudly.
It can help to think of the hair cells in your ears being like a fresh patch of grass and loud music being like a group of people trampling on the grass.
Before anyone walks on the grass, the blades stand up right and tall. But, as people continue to walk on the grass the blades become flattened.
If people stop walking on the grass, after a few days, some blades of grass might pop back up and stand straight again.
But, if people continue to trample over the same patch of grass, the grass begins to die, and the damage becomes permanent.
What does having a weekly sound allowance mean?
Think of your weekly sound allowance like a 20-litre bucket of water.
You can fill it up slowly over the week with just a couple of litres each day.
Or you can fill it up with 20 litres all in one go.
Filling the bucket up all in one go is like listening to music on max volume. This means you’ll use up all your weekly sound allowance very quickly.
That's why it's important to monitor how loudly and for how long you listen every week.
Are your kids listening within the Safe Listening Allowances?
Did you know our ears have a weekly listening allowance?
If we want to keep our hearing for life, it’s so important to keep within the weekly sound allowance.
Use the table below to gauge how well your child is staying within their weekly allowance.
Make Listening Safe
How to Keep Your Ears Safe
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The more we know about our hearing health the better we can look after our hearing in the future. That’s why it’s a good idea to regularly monitor any changes.
How to Insert Ear Plugs
Roll the ear plug with clean hands into as narrow a tube as you can. Reach over your head with your free hand and pull you ear gently up and slightly out to help open up the ear canal. Insert the rolled up earplug with a slight turning motion until it is well inside your ear canal.