What is Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)?

From Health Canada: 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.

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of developing hearing loss because of unsafe use of personal audio devices and exposure to high-intensity sounds in recreational settings. NIHL can affect language acquisition, academic functioning, social skills, professional opportunities, and mental health.

The damage is permanent, but prevention is possible!

About Our Program

Hear Québec’s NIHL Program is the only bilingual program of its kind in Quebec, and aims to promote awareness about Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) through fun, interactive workshops. Participants learn about sound, the ear, causes and consequences of NIHL — and most importantly, how to prevent it by staying safe when in noisy environments.

Hear Québec’s presentations come in two models:

Recreational — perfect for day camps, gym classes, and after-school programs.

Educational — perfect for classroom settings.  This model is based on The Hearing Foundation of Canada’s enormously successful Sound Sense program.

Hear Québec is also working hard to bring this prevention program to young adults and seniors as part of our Outreach program.

NIHL Awareness and Prevention Program, the only bilingual program of its kind in Quebec, aims to promote awareness about Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) through fun, interactive workshops. Participants learn about sound, the ear, causes and consequences of NIHL — and most importantly, how to prevent it by staying safe in noisy environments.

Book NIHL Program for your school or recreational center/organization today!

What can you do?

For more information, please contact us.

NIHL Program Goal 

  • To increase awareness about the risks of NIHL, we have created some downloadable materials to share with your friends, family, and community: Click here for resources

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