Continuous exposure to noise above 85 decibels can be harmful to hearing and documented research has found noise does not have to be that loud to lead to physiological changes in blood pressure, sleep, digestion and other stress-related disorders. Studies exist documenting the harmful effects of noise on children's learning and behavior. "It is time," Nandler says, "that we take responsibility to quiet our surroundings and create a healthy environment for us and our children."
Among the many activities planned during International Noise Awareness Day, Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 sponsored by the Center for Hearing and Communication, the public will be asked to observe the Quiet Diet - one minute of quiet, regardless of their location, from 2:15 P.M. to 2:16 P.M.
Other activities planned include:
Free Hearing Screenings - Private audiologists and speech and hearing clinics will help to celebrate International Noise Awareness Day by providing free hearing screenings to the public.
Dissemination of Hearing Protection - Hearing protection will be distributed on International Noise Awareness Day at hearing screenings, town meetings, and various places of business and college campuses.
Town meetings to "Sound Off on Noise" - Town meetings will be scheduled in various communities on International Noise Awareness Day to provide a forum for community residents to voice their concerns about noise. Local police departments, representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection and local politicians will be invited to attend these meetings.
Publicity - Participants in International Noise Awareness Day will hold press conferences in their local areas. Press releases and public service announcements on television and radio stations will involve the media and help to promote the important message that noise hurts.
City/State Proclamations - Mayoral and Gubernatorial Proclamations in celebration of International Noise Awareness Day will be obtained.
Community Outreach - Develop Your Own Anti-Noise Group and speak out about the harmful effects of noise in your community. Analyze (or develop) your local noise code and follow the Noise Center's steps in handling a noise complaint.
Additional information on International Noise Awareness Day and how you can participate is available at the Noise Center website at www.chchearing.org/noise or by contacting Nancy Nadler via email at nnadler@CHChearing.org.
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