Noise can make people ill: New teaching material for schools

comic drawing: a head of a child, sourrounded by noisy things, like an ambulance, a radio and a loud speakerClick to enlarge
Noisy toys, shouting in the classroom or traffic noise – children are often exposed to noise.
Source: Studio Good / Umweltbundesamt

Sleep disorders, increased blood pressure or even ringing in the ears (tinnitus) – noise can make people ill, even as early as childhood. A new interactive brochure from the UBA teaches third and fourth-year pupils about acoustics and noise in a playful way and aims to raise awareness of the problem of noise.

Past studies by the Federal Environment Agency of a group of 1,000 children showed that one in every eight suffered some degree of hearing impairment. The new brochure for schoolchildren in the third and fourth grade teaches children about the structure of the human ear, what its functions are or how to behave appropriately when interacting with the deaf people. The workbook also has instructions for crafts projects like building a tin can telephone or a hearing memory game.

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