Hey, Kids. Can You Hear Me Now? @starkeycares

“Listen to me. Be quiet. Turn that down. Pay attention. Stop screaming. That’s too loud. Indoor voices.”

How many times a week have we said those words (or similar ones) to our kids?  My five year old gets asked to turn down the volume on his beloved Madden NFL game several times a day and my older son to turn down the volume on the TV just as often.  Frankly, I do it because all that noise drives me bonkers.  Yet I recently learned that should continue to do this not only to save my sanity but also to protect them from hearing loss.

According to USA Today, one in five teens has noticeable hearing loss.  That number is over 30% more than just ten years ago.  Those numbers are staggering and they are continuing to rise.  Hearing loss among children is a real and serious issue.

The Starkey Hearing Foundation is working to promote hearing health awareness and education.  Along with celebrity supporters such as Mily Cyrus, the movement is trying to teach children and teens that music is so much more than a noise streaming through headphones. If they choose to listen carefully rather than loudly, they will be more likely to take in the beat, the lyrics, the instruments, the notes and the rhythm of the music. However, if they continue to listen at such high decibels, they may simply lose the ability to hear the music at all.  Noticeable hearing loss among kids can be prevented in many cases.

Several other celebrities have gotten involved with the Starkey Hearing Foundation movement too, such as Adrian Peterson, Giuliana & Bill Rancic and the New York Yankees.  For more information about the amazing work of The Starkey Hearing Foundation in preventing noticeable hearing loss in children, go to: http://www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/index.php

Lowering the volume of headphones is such a simple thing to do. It could possibly even save their ears from hearing loss.  Protect your child’s hearing now by continuing to encourage them to lower the volume.  Our children’s hearing is more fragile than we knew so let’s encourage them not to listen loudly, but rather to listen carefully.

I don’t know about you, but I’d be pretty happy if my children were listening to me more carefully!

The National Institute of Health has tips on their website for protecting your child from hearing loss at http://www.noisyplanet.nidcd.nih.gov/parents/Pages/Default.aspx

Let’s help our kids learn to listen so that they may continue to hear.


The Starkey Hearing Foundation delivers more than 50,000 hearing aids annually through more than 100 hearing missions a year in countries stretching from the U.S. to Vietnam.  Found the Marbles supports non-profit organizations in their goal of serving others and did not receive compensation for this post.  Photo Credit: © Richard Thorp | Dreamstime.com  Source: USATODAY.com


  1. I’m right there with you – the noise drives me up a wall. I get more concerned, however, when my teen has her iPhone headset in and I can hear the music too.

    I keep asking her to turn it down; I’ll get the exaggerated eye roll and a small bit of compliance, but soon enough it’s right back up to the same level it was. :-(

    • Jessica @FoundtheMarbles says:

      Thanks for adding your thoughts, Christina. I told my husband this morning that someone needs to make a decibel meter that kids can wear on their wrists!

  2. Rachel Blaufeld says:

    I must say ‘turn it down’ in my sleep! Thanks for the guidelines…..maybe my kids will listen to you? Rachel

    • Jessica @FoundtheMarbles says:

      I literally have to say turn it down in my sleep b/c lately my son is sneaking the iTouch to his bed at night!

  3. Good post, my friend!
    I’m on my way to check the link from National Institute of Health.

    Any plan on Halloween? Have a great weekend!

  4. In my house, the husband has to be constantly reminded, too – sigh. Thanks for this info!

  5. As someone with a damage induced hearing loss I know first hand what it is like to go through the world missing a third of the sounds you hear. It’s not fun and it’s totally preventable. Hope people listen to the message the NIH is spreading!

  6. Important topic. The constant headphones worry me. My husband is a classically trained musician and he has tinnitus. I’m sharing your post. Thank you.

  7. It drives me crazy when the TV volume keeps creeping up to compete with people talking, and vice versa. I try to turn everything off when things get to crazy, but this a great reminder to be more mindful!

  8. Such important information. Thank you for sharing it, Jessica! I will pass it along to my kids. They believe things they read for themselves more than they believe the things I simply tell them!

  9. I rarely tell people, but I have a hearing issue which will probably get worse as I get older. I actually hear static in my ear; like a radio. Doctors can’t figure out what it is, but it’s there nonetheless. This is such an unsexy, yet important issue. My daughter is very sensitive to loud noises, singing, clapping, etc., so I’ve always been very aware of turning things down (especially my voice).

  10. Hi there, I am your newest GFC follower here via A Helicopter Mom’s Alexa Hop, from Couponing From Florida to Michigan. I would love a follow back.

    It really does get easier…. my youngest is now 18. :(

  11. I yell ay my kids to turn stuff down ALL. THE. TIME. But I also do the same thing to my husband. He’s a rotten influence on them.

  12. i like it

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