Ms. So began a unit this week with the students based on the new campaign from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). It is called "Meet the Buds" and the purpose is to bring awareness to the health of your hearing. The "buds" are two cartoon characters who encourage students to be careful with listening devices and to follow the Rules of Thumb:
1. Lower the volume
2. Limit listening time
3. Upgrade your headphones
From the ASHA website:
In March, an ASHA poll looked at the usage habits of high school students with respect to some popular technology that provides audio through earbuds or earphones. More than half of high school students surveyed reported at least one symptom of hearing loss. While the poll did not attribute hearing loss to unsafe usage of personal stereo systems, it did report that these students are listening too long and at volumes too loud.
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posted on: September 28, 2006