Dangerous Decibels receives Safe-in-Sound award

February 26, 2013

Dangerous Decibels awardCongratulations to the team behind the Dangerous Decibels program at OHSU. They’ve been awarded the 2013 Safe-in-Sound Award for Innovation in Hearing Loss Prevention! The award was presented to the Dangerous Decibels team by the director of the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, Dr. John Howard. NIOSH is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness, and is affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

William “Billy” Martin, Ph.D., professor of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery and public health and preventive medicine, is director of Dangerous Decibels. He also heads up clinical research in the Oregon Hearing Research Center.

joleneniagarafalls1The Dangerous Decibels project is a public health campaign designed to reduce the incidence and prevalence of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and tinnitus (ringing in the ear) by changing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of school-aged children. "Jolene" (pictured at left) is one of the unique educational tools developed for Dangerous Decibels – she measures the sound levels of personal stereo systems.

The project is built upon an innovative collaboration between basic science researchers, clinicians, museum educators, health communication experts, civic leaders, teachers, public health professionals, and volunteers in a unique public/private partnership. Partners include the Oregon Hearing Research Center and Portland State University (Department of Health Communications), and University of Northern Colorado.

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