Hearing Health
Material for study and teaching for schools
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Concentration and learning require motivation, peace and quiet, and harmony, but in today’s schools, the reality is often quite different to this. Children and
teenagers today are exposed to high levels of sound in their free time and also in their schools, where the sound environment is often stressful in a similar way to that of a crowded street. In addition to difficulty in concentrating and problems hearing, a stressful sound environment in the school can also have other negative effects such as tiredness, headaches and wear and tear on the voice, for both students and teachers.
Sound and noise generates even more loud sounds and noise. Today, many children and teenagers also fl ee silence by listening to portable cd players or mp3 players while doing their homework, etc. Silence and resting one’s ears is becoming increasingly infrequent.

The aims of this material “Hearing Health for the Compulsory School” are to:
  • Provide a tool and support for teachers for teaching about hearing to be able to meet the goals stated in the Swedish Compulsory School Syllabuses 94
  • Ensure that children are provided with knowledge about hearing and the sound environment around them and of the negative effects of high sound levels. It is extremely important that children are able to learn at an early age how valuable it is to be able to hear well and how important it is to be cautious
    and careful concerning their own and their friends’ hearing. It is also pressingly urgent that children and adolescents learn how they can avoid hearing damage
  • Provide teachers who are particularly exposed to high levels of sound and noise with advice on how their work environments can be designed to best protect their hearing
  • Increase knowledge about the applicable statutes and ordinances and on who is responsible for what in the work environment
The two parts of this material are structured following the teaching lessons and give answers to questions like:
  • Why do we have ears?
  • How does your hearing function and what’s inside your ears?
  • What kinds of sounds can damage your hearing?
  • Are there sounds that feel good and sounds that feel bad?
    (And, for the older studemts:)
  • What is sound?
  • How does your hearing work?
  • What are Hearing impairment, tinnitus and hyperacusis?
  • What sounds are particularly harmful to your hearing?

Take a look at the "Hearing Health" PDF here

Download the Swedish version here

Contact and further information:

National Institute for Working Life
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