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WISE EARS!® Timeline of Progress--2002


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December 2002

Sertoma International joins the WISE EARS!® coalition.

Outdoor Power Equipment Institute Inc. (OPEI) joins the WISE EARS!® coalition.

Howard Leight Industries (HLI) donates earplugs to the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska, for their employees' safety and health fair.

Hearing Aid Music Foundation distributes "Listen Smart," an educational film on safe listening practices featuring Moby, Ozzy Osbourne, Cyndi Lauper, Deborah Harry, Wyclef Jean, Linkin Park, and other music celebrities, as well as teacher's aid booklets to educators.

Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R) and others work to pass the earplug ordinance for San Francisco clubs.

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

NIDCD launches its new user-friendly Web site.


October 2002

Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.) and House Ear Institute (HEI) are supported by the Audio Engineering Society and the music industry in their efforts to raise hearing education awareness among the music community and public.


September 2002

Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.) is featured in the program Amazing Body Part-Eye and Ear on Discovery Health TV.


August 2002

NIDCD and WISE EARS!® attend the Association of American Indian Physicians conference, Anchorage, Alaska.


July 2002

American Academy of Audiology (AAA) disseminates a press release on noise-induced hearing loss before the Fourth of July holiday.


June 2002

WISE EARS!® at the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), Charleston, W. Va.

NIDCD updates "I Love What I Hear-Teacher's Guide."

WISE EARS!® at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners conference, Reno, Nev.; National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) conference, Dallas, Texas; University of Southern California (USC) music program; and House Ear Institute (HEI) workshop, University of California, Los Angeles.

Post-its with the WISE EARS!® logo are sent to coalition members.

HEI provides educational brochures and earplugs in 1,500 grab-bags distributed at MIX Golf tournament and sends hearing conservation materials to members of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services.


May 2002

The phrase WISE EARS!® becomes a registered service mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

WISE EARS!® at Celebrate Communication!, Landmark Mall, Landmark, Va. Celebrate Communication! is a community event for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

NIDCD and WISE EARS!® at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Congressional Hearing Health Caucus's Better Hearing and Speech Month event, Rayburn Office Building, Washington, D.C.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) opens a Dangerous Decibels exhibition consisting of 11 instructional and entertaining displays.

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

WISE EARS!® at the Military Retiree Health Fair of the Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC), Tacoma, Wash.

Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA) offers workshops on noise control and hearing conservation in construction at the12th annual Construction Safety and Health Conference and Expo, Rosemont, Ill.

House Ear Institute (HEI) distributes educational brochures and earplugs in 1500 grab bags at Modern Drummer's Drum Festival, Upper Montclair, N.J. They also collaborate with Shure Inc. to hold a benefit auction of autographed audio products on eBAY. The "Bid for Hearing" raises over $10,000 in support of the Sound Partners conservation program.

HEI sponsors a four-page "advertorial" on noise-induced hearing loss and current hearing research in the Los Angeles Times. Features on hearing health and conservation are published in Pro Sound News, The Record, the newsletter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), and HEI's newsletter, House Calls. Print ads promoting conservation appear in Sound & Video Contractor, NSCA Show Daily, Live Sound! International, and Modern Drummer.

Musicians' Clinics of Canada joins the WISE EARS!® coalition.


April 2002

League for the Hard of Hearing (LHH) holds its seventh International Noise Awareness Day on April 24.

Sight & Hearing Association organizes free hearing screenings in 25 Minnesota cities and conducts a statewide media campaign for International Noise Awareness Day.

WISE EARS!® at the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), Philadelphia, Pa.

WISE EARS!® at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), Reno, Nev.

WISE EARS!® at the 4-H Share Fair, Chevy Chase, Md. Materials on noise-induced hearing loss are distributed to 300 attendees from all 50 states and several U.S. territories. Adult volunteers receive information on how to organize a health fair in their area.

NIDCD mails letters of introduction about its efforts and the WISE EARS!® campaign to health education officers in all state public health offices and several U.S. territories. New York's health education officer orders 900 copies of materials for use by staff across the state.

House Ear Institute (HEI) offers conservation information, earplugs, and hearing screenings at the National Systems Contractors Association Expo, Denver, Colo. The event is co-sponsored by Shure Inc.


March 2002

National Institute on Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) releases A Family Guide--20 Easy Steps to Personal Environmental Health Now. The second step, "Turn down the *!@# volume," discusses how continuous exposure to loud noises can cause permanent hearing damage and refers readers to the NIDCD for additional information.

WISE EARS!® at NIH's Brain Awareness Week, University of Maryland at University College, Shady Grove Center, Rockville, Md.


February 2002

Pontiac GMC, a division of the General Motors Corporation, joins forces with the National Campaign for Hearing Health (NCHH) to establish a hearing health awareness program at auto shows in Chicago, San Diego, Dallas, Cleveland, Kansas City, Mo., Minneapolis, New York City, and Atlanta in 2002.

House Ear Institute (HEI) distributes roughly 7,000 earplugs at post-Grammy Awards parties and the Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Awards in Los Angeles. Grammy and CAS program books each carry an ad promoting hearing conservation to their members.

WISE EARS!® at the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), Dallas, Texas.

WISE EARS!® at the 2002 NIH Annual African American History Month Observance, Lipsett Auditorium, Bethesda, Md.

NIDCD's Dr. Carter Van Waes takes WISE EARS!® to McAuliffe Elementary School, Germantown, Md.

WISE EARS!® at the Indian Health Service (IHS) Health Fair, Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, Alaska.

House Ear Institute (HEI) presents a workshop on hearing health to students enrolled in the University of Southern California's music program.

WISE EARS!® public service announcement is published in My Generation, an American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) publication.

The article "Hearing Conservation Education Programs for Children: A Review" is published in Journal of School Health.


January 2002

Shure Inc. announces the Shure Musical Roots Concert, a benefit for hearing conservation charities, Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.), the House Ear Institute's (HEI's) Sound Partners program, and the Hearing Aid Musical Foundation.

WISE EARS!® final focus group evaluates WISE EARS!® campaign's progress in reaching industrial workers, Hispanic, Latino, and Latina individuals, and Native American youth under 17 years of age.

Dangerous Decibels, a public health partnership between Oregon Health and Science University and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, joins the WISE EARS!® coalition.

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

HEI presents a workshop on hearing health for musicians through the University of California, Los Angeles, extension program.

MSNBC features news about baby boomers who are suffering from premature hearing loss.

WISE EARS!® at the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO), St. Petersburg Beach, Fla.

Dangerous Decibels receives funding from Ford Family and Crane Creek Foundations for development and implementation of teacher education and classroom programs on the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss.

WISE EARS!® rural health press release "Bang! Boom! Buzzzzzz!" appears in Pipestone County (Minn.) Star, Ivanhoe (Minn.) Times, Hendricks (Minn.) Pioneer, Lake Benton Valley (Minn.) Journal, Balaton (Minn.) Press-Tribune, and Marshall (Minn.) Independent.

WISE EARS!® Spanish-language article "Consejos de Salud" appears in El Heraldo (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and La Voz of South Dade (Homestead, Fla.).