ERIC Number: ED340483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul-22
Reference Count: N/A
Turn It Down: Effects of Noise on Hearing Loss in Children and Youth. Hearing before the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. House of Representatives, One Hundred Second Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.
A Congressional hearing on noise-induced hearing loss, an often overlooked health issue, was held to determine the extent of the problem in children and youth. Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder, who presided, cited the effects of repeated exposure to loud sounds over a period of time, including the role that personal stereos and some common household items can play in hearing loss. The electronics industry was invited to participate in the hearing but was not represented. A fact sheet prepared for the record gives statistics on the number of Americans who are hearing-impaired and summarizes research on the exposure of children and youth, the special hazards of personal stereo use, prevention measures, and the effects of exercise, alcohol, and smoking on hearing. Included are prepared statements and testimony from congressmen from Illinois and Missouri, and from witnesses representing such groups as the record industry, the Central Institute for the Deaf, the University of Michigan Medical Center, the National Institutes of Health, Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People, Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers, the Car Audio Specialists Association, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Statements on exposure to firecrackers and the times when a child's hearing should be tested are also included. (LB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Advocacy, Child Health, Concerts, Elementary Secondary Education, Hearing Impairments, Hearings, Music Activities, Noise (Sound), Psychoacoustics, Public Health, Public Policy, Rock Music, Statistical Data, Youth
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.