August 10, 2015 – FREE Community Noise and Natural Quiet conference/workshop in San Francisco, CA.  Dangerous Decibels co-director Deanna Meinke PhD will be speaking during the conference and host one of the workshops.

March 3, 2015 – World Health Organization “Make Listening Safe” campaign debut.  Deanna Meinke, PhD participated in a panel discussion on Recreational Noise-Induced Hearing Loss as part of International Ear Care Day.  Geneva, Switzerland.

March 27, 2014 – William H. Martin, PhD receives Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Academy of Audiology.  Recipients of this award may include audiologists who are or have been exceptional educators in the classroom or clinic, have been innovative in program development, pioneering in areas of clinical service delivery, teaching, or research, or any combination of these areas. The contributions made by the recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award must have an impact on the profession of Audiology as a whole and not just at a state or local level.

July 2013 – Deanna K. Meinke, PhD – Professor at the University of Northern Colorado, has been named co-director of the Dangerous Decibels program.


2015 Educator Training Workshops

June 5-6, 2014 - Spokane, WA – The Dangerous Decibels Educator Training Wworkshop sponsored by the Indian Health Services in partnership with the Oregon Health and Science University Prevention Research Center and the University of Northern Colorado for individuals interested in bringing the program to American Indians/Alaska Native communities.

June 19-20, 2014 - Cleveland, OH – Educator workshop sponsored by the Ohio Department of Health for Ohioans committed to training K-12 students in Ohio schools. Co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Department of Speech and Hearing Science.


2014 Educator Training Workshops

June 6-7, 2014 – Columbus, OH – The Dangerous Decibels Educator Training Workshop sponsored by the Ohio Department of Health for Ohioans committed to training K-12 students in Ohio schools. Co-sponsored by The Cleveland Clinic.


2013 Educator Training Workshops

St. Paul, MN: October 15 – 18, 2013 - Innovations Conference, Dangerous Decibels Educator Workshop, and Jolene event – 3M Innovation Center.

St. Petersburg, FL: February 24 & 25 - Dangerous Decibels Educator Training Workshop held in conjunction with the National Hearing Conservation Association conference and generously sponsored by 3M.

Anaheim, CA:  April 7 & 8 - Dangerous Decibels Educator Training Workshop held in conjunction with the American Academy of Audiology conference and generously sponsored by 3M.

Austin, TX: May 31 & June 1, 2013 - Dangerous Decibels Educator Training Workshop sponsored by 3M.

Portland, OR: Aug 9 & 10, 2013 – Dangerous Decibels Educator Training Workshop sponsored by 3M.

St. Paul, MN : Oct 17 & 18, 2013 – Dangerous Decibels Educator Training Workshop sponsored by 3M.


2012 Educator Training Workshops

Boston – March 26 & 27, 2012 - The Dangerous Decibels Educator Training Workshop in conjunction with the American Academy of Audiology’s national conference.

Indianapolis, IN – June 19 & 20, 2012 - Dangerous Decibels Educator Training Workshop was in Indianapolis, IN in conjunction with the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s national conference.

Portland, Oregon August 9 & 10, 2012 - Dangerous Decibels Educator Training workshop

2011 Workshops

New Zealand – November 2011

KIWIs, we are coming back. We will once again be in Auckland New Zealand for two workshops at the University of Auckland – Nov. 3 & 4 and Nov. 7 & 8.  If you are interested in details please contact the Pindrop Foundation, Listen up in New Zealand – Nic Russell 027-345-2514 –

Jolene – OHSU’s contribution to the Better World Report 2010

Better World Report 2010 names Jolene as one of only 30 innovations selected for this year’s publication. The Report is a publication of the Association of University Technology Managers representing hundreds of Universities, companies, hospitals and research labs around the world. This is the 5th edition of the BWR. It presents technology development success stories demonstrating “The Positive Impact of Academic Innovations on Quality of Life”. OHSU’s nomination (Jolene) was one of only 30 innovations selected for this year’s publication. We are very excited that it came from the Dangerous Decibels program.

See Page 40 in the pdf file (page 29 in the booklet).

November 3 & 4 and 7 & 8, 2011 – Auckland NZ

August 4 & 5, 2011 Workshop

February 2011

We were in Auckland, New Zealand to give our two-day Educator Training Workshop to 28 participants from New Zealand and Australia.  The Workshop was coordinated by Pindrop Foundation with funding from the NZ Accident Compensation Commission and 3M Corporation.   Several of the participants have already gone into schools and they tell us that at least 40 schools have signed up to have one of the trained educators to present the Dangerous Decibels program.  We made new friends and enjoyed seeing a little of the countryside as well.

November 2010

Educator Training Workshops

The team traveled to Springfield, IL for the 11th Dangerous Decibels Educator Training Workshop. Twenty-eight school vision/hearing technologists and audiologists were trained to present the classroom program this time.

The workshop is held annually in Portland, OR (Aug. 4 & 5, 2011 is the next Portland workshop). In addition, we have one or two more workshops in other places – past workshops have taken us to Hawaii, Canada, Florida, and Colorado.

In February we will be in Auckland, New Zealand where they plan to have the program into all the schools in the country.

The two-day workshop is designed for anyone interested in presenting the classroom program to kids of all ages (including adults).

CDC Sponsored PRC Grant Implementation

We will go back to the tribal community’s elementary school in November to have the fourth and fifth grade students play with the games of the Virtual Exhibit. They will also complete post-intervention questionnaires at that time.  We will return in the spring with follow-up questionnaires to be completed by the same students.

In the meantime we will start work on preparing another tribal community for the same experiences. Over the five years of the grant, we will involve four communities and will continue to be involved with each community throughout the grant period. One of goals is to have the tribal community slowly take on more and more of the Listen for Life campaign as they make it their own to teach their community that protecting hearing is possible, easy, and important.

Through the grant we will offer scholarships to tribal members to attend an Educator Training Workshop so that they can go back to the community to teach more children.

October, 2010

CDC Sponsored PRC Grant Implementation

After a year of meetings, getting to know members of the community, and organization, we delivered the Dangerous Decibels classroom presentation to 4th & 5th grade students in an Oregon tribal community. Pre-intervention questionnaires were completed by the students the week before we delivered the program.
Over a three-day period we presented the program to six classes at the local Elementary school and hosted the Listen for Life Gathering. Approximately 225 people attended this mid-week evening event where they enjoyed a wonderful meal of salmon and fry bread. Raffle prizes were given away and the school children who attended, all wearing their Listen for Life t-shirts, help the Dangerous Decibels team tell the grown-ups what is too loud, how ears get damaged, and how to protect their ears.
During the months of September and October we published three articles in the community newspaper and a full-paged add for the evening gathering. We also gave interviews to the tribal radio station and paid for PSAs about the issues and the gathering. The PSAs continued until the end of October.

October 2009

CDC PRC Grant Received

Working with the OHSU Prevention Research Center (PRC), Center for Healthy Community, Dangerous Decibels is are the research arm on a five-year grant from Center for Disease Control & Prevention (1U48 DP 001937).
Our plan is to work with Northwest tribal communities through the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board to bring the message and lessons of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus prevention. We are combining our proven classroom program and Virtual Exhibit with a media campaign and community event. This combination is an attempt to follow health community theory indicating that if the parents and community is involved with the health message along with the elementary school students, those students will be more likely to change their knowledge, attitudes, and even more importantly, their behaviors.