What is Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)?

Hearing is such an important component of our everyday life; it facilitates learning and social interaction, yet still, many people, especially the youth, will not consider protecting or testing it. Despite this, many people, especially the youth, do not consider protecting or testing their hearing. According to the World Health Organization, 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) worldwide. Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by overexposure to loud sounds. In some cases, the damage is only temporary. But repeated exposure to excessive noise for long periods of time can cause permanent damage. So can a single exposure to an intense sound close to the ear.

NIHL is not treatable, but it is easily preventable. Many people, especially young people, take their hearing for granted and do not consider protecting it or having it tested, even though it is plays such an important role in learning, socialization, and many other elements of our daily lives.


  • 60% of childhood hearing loss is due to preventable causes.
  • 1.1 billion people aged 12-35 are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings.
  • 50% of people aged 12-35 listen to unsafe levels of sound through personal audio devices.
  • 40% of people aged 12-35 are exposed to damaging levels of sounds at sporting events, nightclubs, and bars.

Our Hear-Entendre Program

CHIP knows that a prevention and awareness program will make a significant difference in the community. HEAR-ENTENDRE aims to improve attitudes towards the use of hearing protection just as other programs have done worldwide.

HEAR-ENTENDRE uses harm-reduction presentations to raise awareness and teach children in and around the Montreal area about ways to prevent NIHL. This is the first Canadian program of its kind that is completely bilingual.

HEAR-ENTENDRE offers fun, interactive 60- or 90-minute workshops to teach children about sound, the ear, causes and consequences of NIHL–and most importantly, how to prevent it.

Two models of HEAR-ENTENDRE presentations:

  • Recreational model (summer camps and after school)
  • Educational model (classroom settings)
    • CHIP is in partnership with the Hearing Foundation of Canada, and we use their enormously successful Sound Sense program as our educational model.

CHIP is also working hard to bring HEAR-ENTENDRE to young adults and seniors as part of our outreach program.

Book HEAR-ENTENDRE for your school or camp today!

What can you do?

  • Start talking about NIHL.
  • Put up awareness posters and pamphlets in your school, workplace, and community.
  • Harm reduction:
    • Wear ear protection at sporting events, concerts, and even at bars.
    • Turn down the volume when you listen to music, and perhaps only listen to your favourite song with the volume turned up.
    • Spend less time wearing headphones
    • Step away from big loudspeakers at music or sporting events.
  • Parents can:
    • limit the amount of loud noise your children are exposed to.
    • Talk to them about protecting their hearing and why it is important.
  • TAKE ACTION: See a hearing health professional if you have any concerns about your or your child’s hearing.

“Very informative and fun!”

– Animator, YMCA NDG Day Camp

Our Summer Camp Program

HEAR-ENTENDRE is the first program in Quebec offering interactive workshops to teach children about the causes, consequences, and prevention of NIHL.

HEAR-ENTENDRE has been offering these fun, interactive 60- or 90-minute workshops since summer, 2018. This year, HEAR-ENTENDRE has reached around 500 children.

In designing this program, we made it a point to include camp-style activities like obstacle courses to help children stay active and engaged while learning about NIHL.

Our workshops are based on a harm-reduction model, meaning they don’t teach children and young adults to completely avoid all noisy environments; instead, they teach them how to engage in these environments in a safer way. Just like putting on sunscreen or wearing a bike helmet can make fun activities safer, HEAR-ENTENDRE teaches four fundamental ways to prevent hearing loss when exposed to loud noise.

Participants will go home with their own set of ear plugs that they can use when the noise is too LOUD!

“Great presentation! The kids were engaged, learned new things and had lots of fun!

 – Animator, YMCA Pointe-Saint Charles Day Camp

Check out our HEAR-ENTENDRE program on Breakfast Television!

Check out our HEAR-ENTENDRE program on Global News!

For more information on NIHL, please contact CHIP’s administrative assistant at 514-488-5552 ext: 4500 or info@hearhear.org.

Our Cell number for texting is 514-797-2447

CHIP has created  list of resources and tools that you can print, and share with your fellow peers.

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