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Noisy Planet in the Community
The NIDCD Noisy Planet team continues to raise awareness about healthy hearing habits through classroom presentations, community events, and conferences across the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and beyond. To reach one of the Noisy Planet campaign’s target audiences—preteens—the Noisy Planet team spends, on average, two days each month spreading awareness at local schools about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. Using an interactive, 45-minute presentation that features hands-on activities and a lesson about sound, the parts of the ear, and how too much noise can damage your hearing permanently, Noisy Planet staff members teach students in 3rd through 7th grades to adopt healthy hearing habits. By the end of the 2015-2016 school year, Noisy Planet reached nearly 3,000 students through community events and classroom presentations. That brings the total of youth reached by the Noisy Planet campaign’s in-person presentations to more than 16,000 since June 2010.