Award-winning recording artist Billy Jonas headlined the ear-friendly Listen To Your Buds concert in Washington, teaching youngsters in an entertaining way about risks from noise-induced hearing loss.

Nearly 1,500 Washington, DC-area first- and second-graders recently converged at the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium for the free Listen To Your Buds concert put on by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Rockville, Md.

The event, headlined by Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award–winning recording artist Billy Jonas, aimed at educating children about the risk of noise-induced hearing loss from misuse of personal audio technology. Nationally acclaimed for his interactive funky, folk, family oriented music, he incorporated the main Listen To Your Buds campaign message of turning down the volume.

ASHA presented the concert in collaboration with Parents’ Choice Foundation and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. 

Prior to the event, lesson plans were disseminated through Washington metro school systems, helping teachers to introduce the Buds health message and teaching children how the ear works and how and why the ear becomes damaged by noise.

Listen to Your Buds features a concert series and a national coalition of Parents’ Choice Foundation award–winning musicians who specialize in children’s music. is an interactive bilingual Web site with educational games for kids and resources for parents and teachers.

More concerts are planned: in September in Los Angeles, and in November in  New Orleans.

[Source: ASHA]