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Since 1999, WISE EARS!® has been a popular national public education campaign to prevent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Currently, NIDCD is expanding its NIHL campaign efforts to reach youth ages 8 to 12 and their parents. Stay tuned for new resources coming in 2008!

WISE EARS!® resources that are currently available are:

Kids and Teachers




WISE EARS!® Coalition and Partners

Información en español

WISE EARS!® was launched in 1999 by the NIDCD and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) along with a coalition of national, regional, and local organizations, voluntaries, and state and local government agencies.

The objectives of the WISE EARS!® coalition were to:

  • Increase awareness about noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) among all audiences, e.g., workers, employees, health professionals, teachers, parents, children, entertainment industry, unions, industry, state and local government workers, and the general public.

  • Motivate all audiences to take action against NIHL by understanding the problem and its solutions, e.g., understanding that everyone is at risk for NIHL; expanding the availability of hearing protection devices; advocating changes in the workplace; developing hearing loss prevention programs.

Whom To Contact

For more information about noise-induced hearing loss, contact:

Office of Health Communication and Public Liaison
National Institute on Deafness and
Other Communication Disorders
31 Center Drive, MSC 2320
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-2320
Voice: (301) 496-7243
Fax: (301) 402-0018


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Do You Know?

Ten million Americans have already suffered irreversible damage from noise, and thirty million more are exposed to dangerous levels of noise each day.

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