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Dangerous Decibels: Learn about preventing hearing loss

Wednesday, September 25, 2019   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: hearing, prevention, Training, young people, children

Dangerous Decibels is a training course available to colleges, schools and kindergartens on the dangers of excess noise, the irrevocable damage to hearing it can cause, and on how to protect yourself and your hearing health.

“It’s the fun and interaction that excites the imagination and creates deeper learning that can stay with children over time”, according to Dangerous Decibels Director Dr David Welch. “It’s the fun and deep understanding that changes behaviours”.

Students discover just how important it can be to “Turn it Down!”, “Walk Away” and how to “Protect Ears”. Students measure sound and learn about decibels with the help of scientific tools. They explore sound, the way it travels, and how they can protect their hearing for years to come!

“We are heading towards more than one in five kiwis having often preventable hearing loss due to noise, particularly from such activities as extra loud music players, concerts and music, particularly when delivered through head phones and ear buds from YouTube and Bluetooth.” says President of Hearing NZ Tony Rush.

Bring the Dangerous Decibels Training to your classroom by getting in contact with your local Hearing New Zealand branch:

  • Hearing Support Christchurch (03 335 0553 - Tuesday to Friday from 9am to noon).
  • Hearing New Zealand Ashburton (03 308 3295 - Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm).
  • Hearing New Zealand South Canterbury (03 688 6673 - Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm).

The Dangerous Decibels (or DD) course is a joint venture between Auckland University and Hearing New Zealand. DD was originally created by a number of North American Universities and has been developed further in New Zealand and Singapore.