MEDIA ADVISORY: How Loud Is That iPod? UNH Communications Sciences Students Conduct Screening May 10
Contact: Beth Potier
UNH Media Relations
May 5, 2006

As Americans tune in to iPods, MP3 players, and portable DVD players, the importance of listening at safe levels grows. Exceeding recommended volume settings for extended periods of time can potentially result in permanent hearing damage.

To mark May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month, UNH students in the Communications Sciences and Disorders department will be offering free sound level measurements of students’ personal listening devices. As part of the event, students will be asked to complete a survey about their listening practices and will receive information about how to conserve their hearing.

WHAT: Sound level checks of personal listening devices (iPods, MP3 players, CD players)

WHO: UNH Communications Sciences and Disorders undergraduate students supervised by faculty members Mary Jane Sullivan, clinical assistant professor and audiologist, and Jeanne O’Sullivan, clinical associate professor

WHEN: Wednesday, May 10, 2006, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: Hamel Recreation Center, University of New Hampshire (in the Whittemore Center building)

WHY: “Personal listening systems can be enjoyed at safe listening levels, but students need to be educated about noise exposure and its potential impact on their hearing,” says Sullivan.

Reporters, editors and photographers are invited to attend this event.