Hearing loss has been estimated to be 2-4 times more prevalent among Native Americans.
In tribal communities, hearing has special importance for the passing of knowledge through the oral tradition. The OHSU Oregon Hearing Research Center and its Dangerous Decibels partners have developed and evaluated several innovative hearing loss prevention educational interventions. The utility and effectiveness of these programs has been demonstrated in several settings including minority populations.
We recognize that Native American communities are culturally unique with traditions and values that may not be adequately accommodated by the present designs of the interventions. The first phase of this project will evaluate the cultural appropriateness of an existing education program to prevent noise-induced hearing loss in youth. The second phase of the project will implement the Dangerous Decibels program in four tribal communities and measure changes in knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about the prevention of hearing loss and tinnitus.
To learn more about Dangerous Decibels and the NIHLP Programs, watch this short video clip with Dr. Martin.
This project is lead by Co-Investigators, William Martin, Thomas Becker, and William Lambert. Dr. Martin is an OHSU Professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Professor of Public Health & Preventive Medicine. He directs four programs within the Oregon Hearing Research Center:
- OHSU Tinnitus Clinic
- Tinnitus Research Program
- Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring Services
- Dangerous Decibels® Noise Induced Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Prevention Program
View the Listen for Life brochure.
Listen for Life: Warm Springs
Listen for Life: Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation
Community members at the Native American Youth and Family Center in Portland, Oregon, discuss their experiences with noise-induced hearing loss and the Listen for Life program.