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Starkey Hearing Foundation and Scholastic Launch National Listen Carefully Campaign

Starkey Hearing Technologies, a global leader in hearing technology, is excited to announce that the Starkey Hearing Foundation and Scholastic joined more than 1,400 students and teachers this week at Central Middle School in Eden Prairie, Minn., for an educational assembly to mark the launch of the campaign – a national hearing awareness campaign that promotes one simple message: Hearing is fragile. So don’t listen loudly. Listen Carefully.

The assembly featured appearances from songwriter and producer Dallas Austin and Disney and Nickelodeon stars Chris and Kyle Massey. Creating an interactive learning experience, numerous students also participated in on-state activities, including a dance competition. Additionally, special guest Starkey Hearing Technologies’ Dave Fabry, Ph.D., led a demonstration on better hearing techniques, which included a hearing loss simulation to show students how music would sound to a person with a hearing impairment.

The partnership between the Starkey Hearing Foundation and Scholastic was established in order to reach the hundreds of thousands of young people nationwide at risk for hearing loss. Both entities teamed up to create the Listen Carefully classroom poster and teaching guide to teach students in grades six and eight about the science of hearing while also allowing them to perform hearing-related experiments. The kit also includes an English Language Arts (ELA) activity that integrates sound and onomatopoeia (words that imitate the sounds they describe). More than 7,000 teachers in Nashville, Los Angeles, Austin, Atlanta, Oakland and Minneapolis – St. Paul have already received the physical materials, and teachers nationwide will have online access to download the materials for free at www.scholastic.com/listencarefully.

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