The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), part of the National Institutes of Health, has introduced a campaign to help parents of 8- to 12-year-olds teach their children how to avoid hearing loss from overexposure to loud noise.

A Web site for the campaign—called It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing—features advice for parents on causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss, tips on how to recognize when a child’s hearing is at risk, and ways to reduce noise exposure. Tween-oriented content includes games, posters, and interactive information about noise and hearing loss.

NIDCD supports and conducts research and research training on the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language and provides health information based on scientific discovery.