WHAT: Listen To Your Buds Safe Listening Children’s Concert (www.listentoyourbuds.org )
WHO: Presented by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) (www.asha.org), in collaboration with Parents' Choice Foundation (www.parents-choice.org) and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) http://www.nidcd.nih.gov , at the National Institutes of Health.
Featured performer: Linda Severt (a Parents' Choice Foundation Award-winning recording artist). Parents’ Choice President Claire Green is available to talk about the Buds Coalition of artists.Emcee for the event is Danny Romero from KABC TV.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 22, 10 – 11:30 am
WHERE: Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale, CA
Permanent hearing loss is likely when people use personal audio technology at high volumes over a long period of time. A 2008 study by Johns Hopkins University researchers raised the possibility of an increase in hearing loss that would be due in part to the misuse of personal audio technology. Also, a study last year by the European Union found that "listening to personal music players at high volume over a sustained period can lead to permanent hearing damage."
ASHA, a national association of more than 135,000 members, aims to increase the education and understanding of the young about the risk of noise-induced hearing loss through its Listen To Your Buds campaign (www.listentoyourbuds.org ). In collaboration with the Parents' Choice Foundation, it has formed the first national coalition of leaders in the world of children’s music to promote safe usage of personal audio technology. See www.parents-choice.org/budsconcert.cfm for more information about the growing list of coalition artists and future concerts.
Linda Severt - www.lindasevert.com – is a Parents’ Choice Award winner and a nationally acclaimed performer who blends music, circus arts and puppetry in her high energy performances. A former member of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care, this Seattle based artist will present a new and original song about hearing protection at the event. Parents’ Choice recommends Linda’s “wild and wonderful wordplay... some of the wittiest lyrics this side of Dr. Seuss” and Seattle’s Child magazine highly recommends her “one-woman variety show.”
Easy Steps to Protect Your Hearing
1. Keep the volume down. A good guide is half volume.
2. Limit listening time. Give your hearing "quiet breaks."
Play the “Turn Down the Volume” animated music video game at http://www.listentoyourbuds.org/game.php
Listen To Your Buds www.listentoyourbuds.org
Parents’ Choice www.parents-choice.org/budsconcert.cfm
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders www.noisyplanet.nidcd.nih.gov.