An estimated 42 million Americans, or 1 in 10 families, have some type of communication disorder, with economic costs exceeding $30 billion due to lost work productivity, special education, and medical treatment. Nationally the American Speech-language and Hearing Association (ASHA) has started a campaign to increase awareness of the potential for noise induced hearing loss from some of today's technological wonders such as iPods, MP3 players or any other toy or device that might work with headphones or produce loud continuous noise (i.e. a video game). Please visit the ASHA-Listen To Your Buds website for tips on how to prevent noise induced hearing loss. DID YOU KNOW? Ten million Americans have Noise-Induced Hearing Loss. Daily, about 30 million Americans are exposed to dangerous noise. Roughly 13 out of every 100 school children have some degree of hearing loss. Children with mild or unilateral (one ear) hearing loss have difficulty with their educational, social, and speech development. Among African-American, Cuban-American, Mexican-American, Puerto Rican and non-Hispanic White children, approximately 391,000 school-aged children have hearing loss in at least one ear. DON'T BE A STATISTIC: TURN DOWN THE VOLUME!!