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Dangerous Decibels - Partnerships in Public Health

Grant Website

http://www.dangerousdecibels.org

Abstract

A consortium of innovative basic science researchers, museum educators, civic leaders and volunteers propose a unique partnership to reduce the incidence and prevalence of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), a growing problem among children and adults.

To address this critical public health concern, a unique public/private partnership, including the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), the Oregon Hearing Research Center at the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU), the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR), the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), and Oregon and Southwest Washington elementary and secondary schools, propose a regional campaign to significantly reduce the prevalence of preventable hearing loss and tinnitus. The project is comprised of three freestanding, but interlocking components that create a strong public health campaign against Noise Induced Hearing Loss. These components are:

  1. Exhibitry
  2. Curriculum
  3. Research

We propose a three phase, five-year program directly targeting school-age youth, using established volunteer and volunteer training programs among each of the participating institutions:

  • Phase I: Prototype exhibit development and full production of one exhibit incorporating education, entertainment and pre-post knowledge evaluation; test-ready curriculum; draft evaluation tools and hearing screening capabilities for data acquisition.
  • Phase II: Classroom presentations with exhibitry and data acquisition in six Oregon and Southwest Washington sites for pilot testing.
  • Phase III: Regional model program and implementation strategy for hearing science education and hearing loss prevention. Program evaluation analysis will include research results regarding subject factors and noise induced hearing loss in children.

Additional Info

"Dangerous Decibels" is designed as a model program for schools and communities around the country on how to teach young people about the value of their hearing, how hearing is damaged, and how to protect hearing. The project has brought together a consortium of innovative basic science researchers, museum educators, civic leaders, and volunteers, in a unique public/private partnership to reduce the incidence and prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss. OMSI is working with the Oregon Hearing Research Center at the Oregon Health Sciences University, the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center National Center of Rehabilitative Auditory Research, the American Tinnitus Association, and Oregon and Southwest Washington elementary and secondary schools. The project is comprised of three free-standing, but interlocking, components that create a strong regional model program and implementation strategy for hearing science education and hearing loss prevention. These components are exhibitry, curriculum, and research. The project will include a full exhibit on the floor at OMSI; curriculum, assemblies, and kits for schools and communities; and, research dissemination and data acquisition.

Dangerous Decibels - Partnerships in Public Health /grants/dangerous-decibels-partnerships-public-health 119 R25RR015634 1 1 OR 2000 09/30/2000 08/31/2005 Oregon Museum of Science & Industry 1945 SE Water Ave.
Portland OR 97214-3354 Department of Exhibits PI JOHNSON MARILYN D. PhD (503) 797-4536 (503) 797-4568 mjohnson@omsi.edu http://www.dangerousdecibels.org http://www.dangerousdecibels.org

A consortium of innovative basic science researchers, museum educators, civic leaders and volunteers propose a unique partnership to reduce the incidence and prevalence of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), a growing problem among children and adults.

To address this critical public health concern, a unique public/private partnership, including the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), the Oregon Hearing Research Center at the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU), the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR), the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), and Oregon and Southwest Washington elementary and secondary schools, propose a regional campaign to significantly reduce the prevalence of preventable hearing loss and tinnitus. The project is comprised of three freestanding, but interlocking components that create a strong public health campaign against Noise Induced Hearing Loss. These components are:

  1. Exhibitry
  2. Curriculum
  3. Research

We propose a three phase, five-year program directly targeting school-age youth, using established volunteer and volunteer training programs among each of the participating institutions:

  • Phase I: Prototype exhibit development and full production of one exhibit incorporating education, entertainment and pre-post knowledge evaluation; test-ready curriculum; draft evaluation tools and hearing screening capabilities for data acquisition.
  • Phase II: Classroom presentations with exhibitry and data acquisition in six Oregon and Southwest Washington sites for pilot testing.
  • Phase III: Regional model program and implementation strategy for hearing science education and hearing loss prevention. Program evaluation analysis will include research results regarding subject factors and noise induced hearing loss in children.

"Dangerous Decibels" is designed as a model program for schools and communities around the country on how to teach young people about the value of their hearing, how hearing is damaged, and how to protect hearing. The project has brought together a consortium of innovative basic science researchers, museum educators, civic leaders, and volunteers, in a unique public/private partnership to reduce the incidence and prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss. OMSI is working with the Oregon Hearing Research Center at the Oregon Health Sciences University, the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center National Center of Rehabilitative Auditory Research, the American Tinnitus Association, and Oregon and Southwest Washington elementary and secondary schools. The project is comprised of three free-standing, but interlocking, components that create a strong regional model program and implementation strategy for hearing science education and hearing loss prevention. These components are exhibitry, curriculum, and research. The project will include a full exhibit on the floor at OMSI; curriculum, assemblies, and kits for schools and communities; and, research dissemination and data acquisition.

curriculum; outreach program; teacher education; public health campaign; elementary and middle school students and teachers; science center/ museum; noise induced hearing loss; tinnitus; epidemiological research; hearing research