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NIDCD media tip sheet: Parents of future farmers advised to protect their tweens’ hearing, help keep noise down on the farm

Parents of Future Farmers Advised to Protect Their Tweens’ Hearing, Help Keep Noise Down on the Farm
October 12, 2011


Launch of new materials for families who live and work on the farm from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one of the National Institutes of Health. The NIDCD sponsors It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing, a national public education campaign designed to increase awareness among parents of children ages 8 to 12 about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss.

Wednesday, Oct. 19 – Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011

National Future Farmers of America Convention, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis. Press kits available at Booth #1911 of the Exhibition Hall or in the FFA Convention Newsroom.

Farming is loud work. Squealing pigs, grinding combines, whirring power tools, and roaring vehicles can add up to a lot of noise. Without proper protection, all that noise can permanently damage the tiny sensory cells in the inner ear, causing noise-induced hearing loss. For this reason, the NIDCD has produced materials for parents of children who live and work on a farm to help them develop healthy hearing habits and protect their hearing for life.

Interviews on the importance of protecting one’s hearing from loud noise are available remotely with NIDCD experts before and throughout the convention. They are:

  • Gordon Hughes, M.D., NIDCD Program Director for Clinical Trials

Dr. Hughes is an otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeon who oversees NIDCD-sponsored clinical trials conducted by scientists around the country. For nearly 30 years, he served on the clinical staff of the Head and Neck Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio before coming to the NIH. Dr. Hughes lives on a farm in Maryland that grows corn, soybeans, and winter wheat.

  • Andrew Griffith, M.D., Ph.D., NIDCD Scientific Director

Dr. Griffith is an otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeon who directs NIDCD’s intramural research program. He oversees all research pertaining to hearing, balance, and other communication disorders conducted at the National Institutes of Health by NIDCD staff scientists. He also conducts his own scientific research, which focuses on the molecular mechanisms of genetic deafness and on mapping and identifying genes that cause deafness.

For radio interviews:  Radio interviews can be conducted by landline. Also, NIH is equipped with a broadcast-quality ISDN line for live or taped radio interviews.

For television interviews: NIH has a ReadyCam TV studio for live or taped television interviews with NIH experts.


NIDCD supports and conducts research and research training on the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language and provides health information, based upon scientific discovery, to the public. For more information about NIDCD programs, see the website at

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Last Updated Date: 
October 12, 2011