UNC Audiologist to Serve on WHO Panel in Switzerland

Deanna Meinke

University of Northern Colorado Professor Deanna Meinke was invited to be part of a panel on International Ear Care Day on March 3 during the launch of the World Health Organization's "Make Listening Safe" campaign in Geneva, Switzerland.

Meinke, an expert on the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss, will discuss her experience with the Dangerous Decibels program, which includes a student-involved "Jolene" project that uses sound-level meters placed in mannequins' ears to visually demonstrate the volume produced by personal music players. UNC faculty and students take the mannequins to K-12 schools and education fairs to model safe-listening levels.

Meinke serves as past president of the National Hearing Conservation Association, chairperson of the Safe-In-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and is co-director for Dangerous Decibels www.dangerousdecibels.org.

Meinke will be joined on the panel by:

• Mark Coleman, Ireland

• Elena Torresani, Hear the World Foundation, Switzerland

• Marcel Bobeldijk, International Federation of Hard of Hearing People

• Ms Liu Tingting, China Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Deaf Children,


• Shelly Chadha, technical officer, WHO