What is Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)?

Health Canada explains, 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!

“My son participated in a NIHL prevention session at his elementary school earlier this year. As a result, he is much more informed about the dangers of noise-induced hearing loss and, even at the age of 9, is actively taking steps to protect his hearing.”

– Tanya and Casey 

About Our Program

Hear Québec’s NIHL Program is the only bilingual program of its kind in Québec, 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:

Due to the changing COVID-19 restrictions this program is currently on hold.

NIHL Resources

  • 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

For more information, please contact us.

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