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Safe Listening Message for Young Children is Focus of New Podcast

(Rockville, MD September 9, 2008) The importance of young children learning at an early age about safe usage of personal audio devices is the focus of a new podcast (www.asha.org/podcast) by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

The podcast features children's music star Justin Roberts who has joined ASHA's Listen to Your Buds campaign (www.listentoyourbuds.org) which promotes safe listening practices to young children. The Buds campaign is part of ASHA's broader public education campaign, America: Tuned In Today...But Tuned Out Tomorrow? which promotes safe listening habits.

Roberts and his five-piece band will perform in the first-ever "Listen To Your Buds Concert on November 19 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago before area school-aged children. Roberts will perform his award-winning songs while educating children to turn the volume down and take listening breaks often when listening to MP3 players and other devices.

During the podcast, Roberts explains how good hearing is integral to listening to music and appreciating the nuances of a song. Roberts says to enjoy music during a lifetime, hearing needs to be "top notch.

The podcast featuring Justin Roberts is part of ASHA's continuing podcast series, ASHA Network News, which highlights varying topics that pertain to human communication. Previous subjects have featured the importance of autism detection; comic strip For Better or For Worse creator Lynn Johnston who highlighted aphasia (a disorder that results from damage to the brain's language center, oftentimes after a stroke or traumatic brain injury) in her very popular strip; Lee Woodruff, wife of former ABC's World News Tonight anchor Lee Woodruff, as she explains how helpful speech language pathologists and audiologists have been to her family; award-winning author David Baldacci as he discusses our most fundamental life skill of literacy, and others. All ASHA Network News podcasts can be heard in their entirety at www.asha.org/podcast/.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 130,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and dizziness disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders. www.asha.org.

Taken from www.asha.org/

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