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Safe Sound Indicators To Help Save Children's Hearing

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Louise Carroll, foundation CEO
Louise Carroll, foundation CEO

The National Foundation for the Deaf (NFD) is placing 20 prototype Safe Sound Indicators (SSIs) in early childhood centres in Auckland as part of a pilot programme to address noise induced hearing loss in children and their educators.

A NFD survey of 65 kindergartens, playcentres and Kohanga reo last year revealed that 20% of children had been affected by a high level of noise, demonstrating behaviours from putting their hands over their ears to being so distressed they cried. Over one third of teachers reported buzzing/ringing in the ears from time to time and hearing loss which they believed could be a result of years working in a noisy environment.

The NFD recognised the need to educate children and parents on hearing preservation and with the help of funding from philanthropic organisations and donors, has designed and developed a simple traffic light type Safe Sound Indicator for early childhood centres.

Louise Carroll, CEO of the NFD says this exciting project is urgently needed to address the incidence of hearing damage in both children and educators through repetitive exposure to excessive noise.

"We hope to have Safe Sound Indicators in every early childhood centre in New Zealand within three years," says Mrs Carroll.

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Attached image is of: Louise Carroll, CEO of The National Foundation for the Deaf with children at Te Atatu village Kindergarten, one of the ECC on the pilot programme.

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