Six years ago, retired teacher Adele Sandberg began Ear Peace: Save Your Hearing Foundation, a non-profit organization that educates students about noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and motivates them to change their behavior.
Adele is passionate about the issue of hearing health and is committed to increasing community awareness of NIHL. Aided by a team of Ear Peace Foundation volunteers, she has brought the dangers of loud sound to the attention of thousands of students and training teachers.
They have been working with the University of Miami for several years and have recently begun collaborating with Nova Southeastern University to make college students aware of this issue. Ear Peace also has Protect-A-Band and Greater Miami Youth Symphony programs that seek to inform band members as well as band and music teachers, and their teacher workshops have reached more than 30,000 children in Dade County Public Schools.
Adele recently discussed NIHL on public radio and has started a new program to help people become aware of noise levels in restaurants. She is passionate about reaching as many people–especially young people–as possible with her message that hearing loss from noise is permanent but it is preventable.
Her efforts are selfless. Adele continues her pursuit of education and awareness simply because she understands that hearing loss has become an epidemic in our world. She is aware of the effects hearing loss can have on people’s lives and is using knowledge as a tool to prevent others from experiencing it.
Adele is a SuperHEARo!