INTERCHANGE ‘I want to protect my child’s hearing’ Hearing loss among U.S. kids of Hearing urges parents to: 85 decibels will harm hearing.) is rising, and often the damage Listen to noisemaking toys be- Avoid taking kids to loud action isn’t detected until it’s too late. I fore buying. If a toy comes with movies. If you do go and the sound want to protect my child’s hearing. volume control, monitor its use to seems deafening, ask the manage- Any suggestions for parents raising make sure it’s kept at a low level. ment to turn down the volume or children in such a noisy world? Consider returning gifts that insist on your money back. —N.B., Tampa, FL make too much noise or disable Insist that older kids who play in A You’re right to be concerned. Early hearing loss from a single loud noise or consistent moderate the noise-making function. bands or use noise-making equip- Restrict the use of noisy toys to ment wear hearing protection. It’s outside play areas. available at pharmacies and hard- noise can interfere with children’s ware and sporting goods stores. learning. Insist that kids keep the volume Although we can’t control the down when they play computer Encourage quiet activities such environmental noise around us games and stereo equipment. as reading, doing puzzles, mak- from sirens, alarms, leaf blowers, ing things with construction toys, Strictly limit the time your child drawing, painting, playing educa- power mowers, motorcycles and may spend in a video arcade, where tional computer games and watch- loudspeakers, there’s a lot that we noise levels can exceed 110 deci- ing family-oriented ﬁlms. can do. The League for the Hard bels. (Over time, noise levels above RESEARCH REVIEW British research shows preschool beneﬁts N Record number ew research shows that a high preschool—and this is a high pre- economic spectrum beneﬁt from of babies born quality preschool experience dictor of later academic success. high-quality preschool education,” is a good predictor of future In addition to studying the ef- said Steve Barnett, co-director of in U.S. in 2007 academic success for kids from fects of preschool, the research also the National Institute for Early both middle- and low-income evaluated the inﬂuence of home Education Research (NIEER). families. The ﬁndings from a large environments and the effective- This is not the only study to U.K. study refute the notion that ness of pre-K and primary school show the long-lasting effects of the only children who beneﬁt from on children’s development.
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