National Protect Your Hearing Month

The Acoustical Society of America observes National Protect Your Hearing Month each October to help raise awareness about the importance of protecting your hearing. For more information and resources about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), visit the  NIDCD It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing.® campaign website.


These are all activities you can do at home to learn about the importance of protecting your hearing.

Coloring Sheets

Learn how to protect your ears from loud sounds with 4 different printable loud sounds coloring sheets.

Dangerous Decibels Exhibit

Learn about loud sounds in this virtual exhibit with games, demonstrations and activities.

Acoustics Today

Read hearing science and hearing relating research published in Acoustics Today!

Zebrafish as a Key to Unlocking Human Genetic Diseases of Hearing

Learn how zebrafish help us understand human hearing loss.

Why Was Your Hearing Tested - Two Centuries of Progress

Learn about the history of the evaluation of hearing loss.

Ambient Noise Is “The New Secondhand Smoke”

Excessive ambient noise causes hearing loss; disrupts sleep, function, and communication; and causes nonauditory health effects for millions of people.

Middle Ear Biomechanics- Smooth Sailing

The middle ear is tasked with transmitting sound from the low-density, highly compressible air in the ear canal to the high-density nearly incompressible fluid in the cochlea.

Hearing and Aging Effects on Speech Understanding: Challenges and Solutions

Development of effective, evidence-based solutions to overcoming communication barriers imposed by hearing loss is critical in our rapidly aging population.

Psychoacoustics of Tinnitus- Lost in Translation

Tinnitus is the perception of sound without an external source, often experienced as a constant or frequent ringing, humming, or buzzing.

The Remarkable Cochlear Implant and Possibilities for the Next Large Step Forward

The modern cochlear implant is an astonishing success; however, room remains for improvement and greater access to this already marvelous technology.

How Our Brains Make Sense of Noisy Speech

When dealing with noise, whether in a restaurant or another potentially loud environment, the mammalian brain has evolved ways to extract a signal of importance from the noisy surround.

Preventing Occupational Hearing Loss

Proactive hearing loss prevention programs that reduce workplace noise are shifting the focus from documentation of an injury to the prevention of occupational hearing loss.

Hearing Scientists and Researchers

Meet the people who are researching hearing and hearing related topics!

Alberto Behar

Alberto Behar has done research on the accuracy of sound level meters, on hearing protection, and on noise exposure of musicians.

Sandra Gordon-Salant

Sandra Gordon-Salant is a professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park, well known for her studies on speech perception and aging.

Adrian KC Lee

KC Lee studies the mechanisms underlying our ability to selectively listen to one sound source in a crowded environment and how we use visual information to help us navigate everyday settings.

Gabriela Virginia Santiago

Gabriela Virginia Santiago’s academic interest are acoustics in intelligent environments, noise pollution, cognitive neuroscience of hearing, media art, and audiovisual sound design.

William A. Yost

William A. Yost served as president of the Acoustical Society of America and received the Gold Medal for his contributions to binaural hearing, pitch and modulation perception.

Research Papers

These are “lay language” papers of compelling hearing related research, studies and findings.

Turning Hearing Aids into Noise-Canceling Devices

Presented May 25, 2022 at the 182nd ASA Meeting in Denver, CO.

Using a virtual restaurant to test hearing aid settings

Presented Dec 11, 2020 at the 179th Meeting Acoustical Society of America, Acoustics Virtually Everywhere.

Preserving workers’ hearing health by improving earplug efficiency

Presented Dec 11, 2020 at the 179th ASA Meeting, Acoustics Virtually Everywhere.

Inciting our children to turn their music down: the “Age of Your Ear” concept

Presented Nov 8, 2018 at the 176th Meeting Acoustical Society of America in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Say what? Brief periods of hearing loss in childhood can have consequences later in life

Presented May 7, 2018 at the 175th ASA Meeting in Minneapolis, MN.

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