Hearing Conservation Education for Children The phrase “hearing conservation” is sometimes used as a synonym for “hearing screening.” Of course, hearing screening is a procedure used to identify individuals who have hearing loss. “Conservation” is defined by Webster’s as “deliberate, planned, or thoughtful preserving, guarding, or protecting; keeping in a safe or entire state” (p. ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2002
Hearing Conservation Education for Children
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  • Robert L. Folmer
    Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
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Article   |   October 01, 2002
Hearing Conservation Education for Children
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, October 2002, Vol. 3, 48-52. doi:10.1044/sbi3.3.48
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, October 2002, Vol. 3, 48-52. doi:10.1044/sbi3.3.48
The phrase “hearing conservation” is sometimes used as a synonym for “hearing screening.” Of course, hearing screening is a procedure used to identify individuals who have hearing loss. “Conservation” is defined by Webster’s as “deliberate, planned, or thoughtful preserving, guarding, or protecting; keeping in a safe or entire state” (p. 483). Even though it is an invaluable process for both clinicians and patients, “identification of hearing loss” is not the same as “preservation of hearing.”
Why am I belaboring these definitions? Because it is important to understand that, while hearing screening is performed routinely on newborns and young children throughout the U.S., hearing conservation education for children is practically non-existent.
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