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WISE EARS!® Timeline of Progress--2001

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December 2001

The MIX Foundation honors the House Ear Institute (HEI) at the 2001 Technical Excellence and Creativity Awards.

HEI provides hearing conservation information and free earplugs to attendees of the Audio Engineering Society conference, New York, N.Y.

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November 2001

WISE EARS!® at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

WISE EARS!® at the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, Calif.

WISE EARS!® at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), New Orleans, La.

WISE EARS!® at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), Albuquerque, N.M.

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October 2001

WISE EARS!® at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Atlanta, Ga.

WISE EARS!® at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), San Francisco, Calif.

WISE EARS!® at the American Public Health Association (APHA), Atlanta, Ga.

WISE EARS!® at the Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, Orlando, Fla.

National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) holds its 12th annual "Excellence in Hearing Conservation" seminar, Philadelphia, Pa.

Dilys Jones, marketing communications director for the House Ear Institute (HEI), delivers a presentation on hearing conservation to 200 students at Polytech Middle School, Pasadena, Calif.

HEI representatives provide hearing screenings and educational hearing health information at the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) MusiCares Health Fair.

National Campaign for Hearing Health (NCHH) and Deafness Research Foundation (DRF) hold a "Celebration of Hearing Health" awards dinner and charity gala in Chelsea Piers, N.Y.

Two House Ear Clinic audiologists are interviewed for an article entitled "Listen Up! (If You Can)," published in Kiwanis magazine.

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September 2001

WISE EARS!® holds focus groups with workers in Morgantown, W.Va.; Latino community members and African-American mothers in Houston, Texas; and American Indian youth in upstate New York.

WISE EARS!® rural health press release "Bang! Boom! Buzzzzzz!" generates 304 newspaper articles in 21 states with a readership of 12,741,792.

WISE EARS!® Spanish-language article "Consejos de Salud" generates 20 newspaper articles with a readership of 2,202,880.

Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.) and local volunteer groups throughout U.S. cities conduct outreach to raves, dance clubs, and concert tours, and provide hearing literature and earplugs.

H.E.A.R. launches an online press room where visitors can find their latest video and audio MP3 public service announcements, brochures, banner links, and news media stories.

H.E.A.R. releases their "Hear This" CD worldwide. The CD features 28 punk and rock bands spanning the years 1977-2001.

National Campaign for Hearing Health (NCHH) and Congressional Hearing Health Caucus cancel their 25th anniversary celebration of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) due to the events of September 11.

WISE EARS!® welcomes Renee Levinson, the new contact person for WISE EARS!® at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc. (FRTI) joins the WISE EARS!® coalition. FRTI is a nonprofit organization that administers the Specialized Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program for residents of Florida who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf and blind, or speech-impaired.

Kathy Peck, executive director of H.E.A.R., is honored with the key to Northeastern University for her advocacy work in the prevention of hearing loss through education.

WISE EARS!® at the Black Family Reunion, Washington, D.C.

WISE EARS!® at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), Denver, Colo.

WISE EARS!® at the 15th annual Westberg Symposium and Parish Nurse Research Center, Itasca, Ill.

WISE EARS!® at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Phoenix, Ariz.

World Health Organization publication Guidelines for Community Noise is published.

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August 2001

WISE EARS!® at the National Medical Association, Nashville, Tenn.

WISE EARS!® at the Association of American Indian Physicians, Albuquerque, N.M.

The article "Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Can Be Prevented," which mentions the WISE EARS!® campaign, appears in the Claxton (Ga.) Enterprise.

WISE EARS!® public service announcement is published in My Generation, an American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) bimonthly magazine with a circulation of 3.1 million.

The House Ear Institute's (HEI's) new Sound Partners outreach brochure, "Hearing Conservation Tips," is distributed to audio professionals and trade associations.

WISE EARS!® is listed as a resource in the summer 2001 issue of MAX: Maximizing Human Potential newsletter.

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July 2001

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposes a one-year delay in the effective date of the final recordkeeping rule concerning occupational hearing loss in the Federal Register. In response, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) quickly convenes a coalition of audiology, consumer, and hearing-conservation groups to oppose a stay of the recordkeeping rule and encourage OSHA to implement all provisions of the final rule on January 1, 2002. A copy of the coalition's 25-page response can be found on ASHA's Web site.

WISE EARS!® at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Phoenix, Ariz.

House Ear Institute (HEI) staff coauthor an article that informs audio manufacturers and distributors how to avoid liability and protect the hearing health of their customers.

NIDCD in collaboration with the Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) provides publications for professional members and seasonal migrant farm workers.

Dr. Robert Dobie, NIDCD's director of extramural research, offers advice to listeners of 432 radio stations on how to protect their hearing during Fourth of July celebrations.

NORCAL Music Coalition (a group of 12 music and equipment stores in Northern California) helps Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.) promote hearing awareness.

The NIDCD Healthy People 2010 Web page is unveiled, featuring materials on the prevention of NIHL.

Study entitled "Estimated Prevalence of Noise-Induced Hearing Threshold Shifts Among Children 6 to 19 Years of Age: The Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1988-1994, United States" is published in Pediatrics. The study is an analysis of data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III).

WISE EARS!® "Tool Kit" is available nationwide. The CD-ROM includes campaign publications and promotional materials.

Systems Contractor News covers HEI's Sound Partners hearing conservation program and includes an interview with John W. House, M.D., on noise levels in movie theaters.

WISE EARS!® at the National Urban League, Washington, D.C.

WISE EARS!® at the Prince George's County Healthfest 2001, Largo, Md.

WISE EARS!® at the Indian Health Service (IHS) Employee Health Fair, Sparks, Nev.

WISE EARS!® at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) meeting on NIH's Institutional Training Program, Bethesda, Md.

WISE EARS!® at the Autism Society of America, San Diego, Calif.

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June 2001

WISE EARS!® at the Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH) conference, Cherry Hill, N.J.

WISE EARS!® at the Governor's Conference on Public Health, Des Moines, Iowa.

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) School of Public Health and the University of Illinois School of Public Health develop an online program geared toward health and safety issues for musicians.

UMDNJ sponsors a presentation entitled "The Prevention of Hearing Loss from Music Occupations." The speaker is Ellen Kelly, director and owner of the Center for Speech and Hearing Sciences, East Brunswick, N.J.

MIX L.A. Open Golf Tournament benefits the House Ear Institute's (HEI's) Sound Partners program by raising money for continued hearing conservation activities.

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May 2001

WISE EARS!® at the Military Retiree Health Fair of the Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC), Tacoma, Wash., and MAMC's elementary education program "Operation Bang."

WISE EARS!® at the Evergreen Elementary School, Tacoma, Wash.

WISE EARS!® at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Health Fair, Durham, N.C.

WISE EARS!® at the Accessibility Leadership Summit and McLean Bible Church, Vienna, Va.

National Campaign for Hearing Health (NCHH) and Deafness Research Foundation (DRF) hold a "Hearing Healthy Kids" event on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

NCHH releases its updated state-by-state report card on infant hearing and newborn screenings.

Three thousand 4th and 5th graders in Houston learn about hearing protection from the Center for Hearing and Speech.

St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company sends a "blast fax" to contractors urging them to contact the WISE EARS!® campaign to inform workers and their families about the dangers of excessive noise exposure.

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April 2001

International Noise Awareness Day is covered on two Pro-Sound Web sites: prosoundweb.com and prosoundnews.com.

Sight and Hearing Association holds free hearing screenings at 27 sites across the state on International Noise Awareness Day.

League for the Hard of Hearing (LHH) announces the next International Noise Awareness Day to be April 24, 2002.

"Protect Your Hearing," an article about noise-induced hearing loss and the WISE EARS!® campaign, is published in The NIH Word on Health.

LHH coordinates the first Noise Tour of cities around the United States with Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.), the House Ear Institute (HEI), and the Sight and Hearing Association.

HEI is interviewed by Channel 4 News, Washington, D.C., during the LHH Noise Tour.

HEI delivers a presentation on hearing conservation at the United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT), Long Beach, Calif.

The New York Times Technology section notes the NIDCD's computerized database, communication references, and health brochures.

WISE EARS!® at the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), San Diego, Calif.

WISE EARS!® at the 4-H Share Fair, Chevy Chase, Md.

WISE EARS!® at the American Minority Health Professions conference, North Birmingham, Ala.

WISE EARS!® at the Deaf Fiesta Orange County Fair and Exposition, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center holds its annual conference, Ears, Hearing, and Beyond, at the University of Washington, Seattle.

WISE EARS!® is presented at the NIH Occupational Safety and Health Committee chairpersons meeting.

The NIH Office of Research Services' (ORS's) Occupational Health and Safety Services branch co-exhibits with WISE EARS!® at NIH's Take Your Child to Work Day event.

WISE EARS!® at the Choctaw Health Center, Philadelphia, Miss.

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March 2001

NEATNoise Hearing Conservation Services joins the WISE EARS!® coalition.

Thirteenth issue of WISE EARS!® News is distributed to coalition members.

House Ear Institute (HEI) partners with Shure Inc. to provide free hearing screenings at the National Sound Contractors Association Expo.

WISE EARS!® at the Montgomery County Women's Fair, NIH, Bethesda, Md.

WISE EARS!® at the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Atmore, Ala.

WISE EARS!® at the joint meeting of the American Society on Aging and the National Council on the Aging, New Orleans, La.

WISE EARS!® at the Healthy Hispanic Families conference, Washington, D.C.

WISE EARS!® at the Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society, Washington, D.C.

WISE EARS!® at the Teamsters and Laborers Conference, Pomfret Center, Conn.

WISE EARS!® at a Cub Scout pack meeting, Va.

WISE EARS!® at the Native American Heritage Association Pow-Wow, Radford University, Va.

"40 Ways to Stay Healthy" appears in New Choices magazine (a Reader's Digest publication), providing information on the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss.

Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA) publishes Hearing Protection for Laborers: A Guide for Native Americans and other safety and health publications.

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February 2001

WISE EARS!® materials at the Indian Health Service (IHS) Health Fair, Harlem, Mont.

WISE EARS!® at the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), Raleigh, N.C.

WISE EARS!® discusses healthy hearing with contractors and employees of the NIH Animal Center, Poolesville, Md.

Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.), in its efforts to urge rock musicians to protect their hearing by wearing earplugs, holds two CD-release benefit parties in Oakland and San Francisco, Calif.

WISE EARS!® holds a working group meeting with IHS, the Administration for Children and Families, National Indian Education Association, U.S. Department of Education, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Bureau of Indian Affairs, and National Indian School Board Association to discuss outreach efforts to American Indians.

WISE EARS!® tabletop exhibit becomes available for use by all coalition members.

The WISE EARS!® owl becomes a registered service mark and NIDCD is listed as its owner. The phrase WISE EARS!® also is approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to become a service mark.

Los Angeles channel UPN 13 interviews House Ear Institute (HEI) audiologist Andy Vermiglio for a report about noise in the environment and hearing loss.

KZLA-FM, Los Angeles, Calif., tapes an interview with HEI spokesperson Dilys Jones on tinnitus and environmental noise.

WISE EARS!® Spanish-language article "Consejos de Salud" is published in La Nueva Prensa de California (Concord, Calif.).

The WISE EARS!® owl and a WISE EARS!® public service announcement appear in the January-February 2001 issue of the American Association of Retired Persons' (AARP's) Modern Maturity.

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January 2001

WISE EARS!® at Alamogordo ENT, Alamogordo, N.M.

WISE EARS!® materials at the Public Library and Consumer Health Conference, Washington, D.C.

WISE EARS!® at the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance, NIH, Bethesda, Md.

Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA) unveils its new Web site, which resulted from their "best practices" conference "Preventing Hearing Loss in the Construction Trades."

Deafness Research Foundation (DRF) moves to new address: 1050 17th Street, N.W., Suite 701, Washington, D.C. 20036.

Danielle Steel helps raise money for Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.). Steel is invited to sing with Link 80, her late son Nick Traina's band, at a fundraiser.

The WISE EARS!® Web page is updated and links are added to all coalition members' Web sites.

NIH's Office of Research Services (ORS) joins the WISE EARS!® coalition.

Twelfth issue of WISE EARS!® News is distributed to coalition members.

The University of Kansas Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders, Acoustical Engineering Inc., and Classroom Acoustics Special Interest Group Inc. join the WISE EARS!® coalition.

House Ear Institute (HEI) distributes earplugs and pamphlets at the National Association of Music Merchants Trade Show.

WISE EARS!® teacher packets, magnets, and "Ten Ways to Recognize Hearing Loss" bookmarks are sent to a school in Ann Arundel County, Md.

HEI meets with editors from Pro-Audio publications to discuss publishing articles to increase awareness about noise-induced hearing loss.

U.S. Senate Reports 106-166 (FY 2000) and 106-293 (FY 2001) voice support for the WISE EARS!® campaign with comments such as the following (from FY 2001): "Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: The Committee continues to be concerned by the number of Americans suffering from noise-induced hearing loss. Thirty million Americans are exposed to dangerous levels of noise that can permanently impair their hearing. Ten million Americans have suffered irreversible noise-induced hearing loss. The Committee has been pleased by the Institute's efforts to tackle this preventable health problem. The WISE EARS!® campaign has the potential to make significant inroads towards educating Americans of all ages. The Committee has included sufficient funds to expand this promising new initiative."

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