The Effectiveness of an Interactive Hearing Conservation Program for Elementary School Children An educational hearing conservation program (HCP) emphasizing student participation and supplemental in-class activities led by a teacher was presented in two 1-hour sessions to two classes of fourth-grade children enrolled in regular education programs. Questionnaires assessing their knowledge of hearing, noise-induced hearing loss, and hearing conservation practices were administered before ... Research Article
Research Article  |   January 01, 1996
The Effectiveness of an Interactive Hearing Conservation Program for Elementary School Children
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Gail D. Chermak, PhD
    Washington State University, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Pullman, WA 99164-2420
  • Lori Curtis
    Washington State University, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Pullman, WA 99164-2420
  • J. Anthony Seikel
    Washington State University, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Pullman, WA 99164-2420
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Research Article   |   January 01, 1996
The Effectiveness of an Interactive Hearing Conservation Program for Elementary School Children
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1996, Vol. 27, 29-39. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2701.29
History: Received May 10, 1993 , Accepted November 17, 1994
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1996, Vol. 27, 29-39. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2701.29
History: Received May 10, 1993; Accepted November 17, 1994

An educational hearing conservation program (HCP) emphasizing student participation and supplemental in-class activities led by a teacher was presented in two 1-hour sessions to two classes of fourth-grade children enrolled in regular education programs. Questionnaires assessing their knowledge of hearing, noise-induced hearing loss, and hearing conservation practices were administered before and after the HCP. Significant increases in knowledge concerning noise-induced hearing loss and hearing conservation practices were seen in both classes, with greater gain seen among students receiving more extensive supplemental activities. Post-HCP responses revealed that the majority of the children intend to use ear protection when engaged in noisy activities. Teachers indicated they would increase coverage of hearing and hearing conservation in their classrooms and use hearing protection when exposed to loud noise.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT
Portions of this article were presented as a poster session at the 1993 convention of the American Academy of Audiology in Phoenix, Arizona.
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