Super Hear-O’s Blue Ear Sapheara
help celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month
With new data showing that a majority of audiologists are seeing sufficient misuse of personal technology devices by children and teenagers-to the point that audiologists have serious concerns about kids’ communication health, Sapheara and Blue Ear are urging parents to teach and model safe device listening to prevent irreversible, lifelong hearing loss in their children. This advice is especially timely given that May is Better Hearing & Speech Month.
This is a growing concern as children of all ages increasingly use devices to listen to music, watch tv shows, play games, and otherwise entertain themselves often for hours each day. Noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable by adhering to some very basic safe listening habits. However, once this hearing loss occurs, it is irreversible.
“We’re not saying don’t use this technology, as we know it is here to stay,” explains Blue Ear. However, we’re saying that a few simple actions like keeping the volume at half level and taking listening breaks can go a long way in protecting kids’ hearing. This is especially true when using devices with accompanying earbuds or headphones. It’s important to instill these habits early, when possible, but it’s worthwhile to have the conversation no matter the age of your child.”

A nationwide survey of audiologists ranked “repeated misuse of personal technology at loud volumes that can potentially damage your hearing” as their top tech related concern. This is supported by some disturbing data showing sharp increases in hearing loss among adolescents, as well as the World Health Organization labeling unsafe listening to devices an international health threat.
Parents play a key role in not only teaching these habits but modeling these behaviors. “As with just about everything else, it’s critical that parents practice what they preach for the children’s health as well as their own,” says Sapheara.
Hearing loss can affect everything from children’s speech/language development; academic and vocational success; and social skills and mental health. If you suspect your child may be having a hearing issue, seek a complete evaluation from a certified audiologist immediately to mitigate any potential negative consequences.
To learn the signs of hearing loss, visitwww.identifythesigns.org

    The Adventure Continues… 
SAPHEARA & BLUE EAR ARE 
BACK IN ACTION!
The Children’s Hearing Institute is happy to announce another collaboration with Marvel Entertainment.  Our favorite Super Hear-O’s, who many of you know from our comic book, Sound Effects, are back in action in celebration of Better Hearing and Speech Month. CHI will now begin to release a limited edition, single page “comic strip” featuring Blue Ear and Sapheara.  This continuous adventure will consist of only four comic strip pages so please enjoy Page 1 below.  You can also click on the link to download and print.
***Please note: the remaining comic strip pages will be released one at a time over the next several months so stay tuned to The Children’s Hearing Institute.
Dr. Pedro Perez is a brilliant hearing-impaired inventor whose advancements in sound and light technology are second to none. When Samantha Farrell, a young girl with cochlear implants, touched an alien crystal in Dr. Perez’s lab, she gained the ability to manipulate light energy.  Now, as Blue Ear and Sapheara, they are putting the “Hear” in Hero!   ENJOY

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