*Turn It to the Left!*
October is National Audiology Awareness Month

Campaign Urging Kids to Turn Down the Volume

Healthcare Notes for January 22
St. Joseph News-Press (MO)
By Sylvia Anderson
January 22, 2008

More than 5 million children are estimated to suffer from noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), which experts agree could have been easily prevented if they took actions such as turning down the volume on their personal music players.

"The hearing loss kids experience now will accelerate the hearing loss normally associated with aging when these kids are in their 60s and 70s," says Alison Grimes, president of the American Academy of Audiology and head of the Audiology Clinic at UCLA Medical Center. "Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States and affects more than 31 million Americans. With the Turn it to the Left campaign, we hope to educate kids to turn down the volume and prevent hearing loss before it begins."

For more information on the Turn it to the Left campaign, visit www.TurnItToTheLeft.com. To find an audiologist near you, visit www.audiology.org and click on "Find an Audiologist."