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Public Awareness

Public awareness, focused on healthy hearing, hearing loss prevention, and the audiology profession, is an important component of the Foundation’s mission. Over the past few years, the Foundation has implemented a number of programs aimed at providing tools, resources, and information for consumers.

DiscovEARy Zone - Each year at AudiologyNOW!®, the Foundation sponsors this interactive exhibit that teaches children about healthy hearing and hearing loss prevention.

Secondary School Science Fair Awards To help foster the next generation of audiologists, the AAAF is working with the American Academy of Audiology to increase awareness among middle and high school students about audiology as an exciting career option. State science fairs are an ideal way to mentor, reach out to, and recognize those with an interest in hearing, balance, and sound. As such, the AAAF provides grants to state audiology organizations to present awards to student science fair participants.Applications for science fair award funds are due March 15 annually.

Turn It to the Left® - Recognizing that the risk of permanent hearing loss from noise exposure is very real for individuals of all ages, the Academy and Foundation have undertaken a campaign to raise public awareness about the dangers of exposure to high-level sound and to raise funds in support of noise-induced hearing loss research. Thousands of children have learned to take the volume control and “turn it to the left” by listening to the Turn It to the Left educational rap by Ben Jackson of Rhythm, Rhyme, Results. Additional educational tools for students, parents, and teachers are available at turnittotheleft.com.

Turn It To The Left

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