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Safe Listening Prevents Music-Induced Hearing Loss in Children

Justin Roberts, a popular children's musician, is taking part in a campaign launched by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Parents' Choice Foundation, to educate kids about the safe use of personal audio technology.

The campaign, called "Listen to Your Buds," urges children ages 6 and up to protect their hearing when listening to music and sets out easy-to-follow guidelines. ASHA says this program is important in view of scientific evidence, which suggests that young people exposed to loud music may be permanently damaging their hearing.

In an interview with Healthy Hearing, Roberts, one of many children's musicians collaborating in the campaign, says he and his five-man band have always been aware of the consequences of loud music, and are trying to keep the noise at their concerts at a reduced decibel level. His first "Listen to Your Buds" concert took place on November 19, 2008 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Even though his rock band includes an electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, trumpet and keyboards, during the concert Roberts managed to convey to the school-age audience the importance of protecting their ears by turning down the volume when listening to music, and taking frequent breaks.

 

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