June 11, 2008

OTTAWA — The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) praised Member of Parliament, Judy Wasylycia-Leis for her proactive steps to ensure children’s hearing health.  

The current Hazardous Products Act bans toys emitting noise levels exceeding 100 dB. Audiologists feel that this level is too high. Wasylycia-Leis’ Private Member’s Bill would see this piece of legislation revised to allow only 75 decibels as the maximum level. 

“CASLPA has worked hard over the past few years, informing the public and Members of Parliament of the dangers of noisy toys,” says CASLPA Executive Director Ondina Love. “Ms. Wasylycia-Leis’ announcement [May 1] is exciting news and this bill will lead to the protection of the hearing health of millions of Canadian children.”  

“CASLPA is encouraged by Ms. Wasylycia-Leis’ interest in the health of Canadian children and we support her as she moves forward with his very important Bill,” Love concluded.