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Ear Protection for Children

Hi All,

This is a particularly distressing topic, because it is SO easy to prevent with a little education and taking the opportunity to do a little free giveaway at professional races, if a sponsor could be found.

I saw over 20 children today at the Beach at Mid-Ohio, the youngest was 2 years old, all without ear protection.  I know that when I was growing up around racing, nobody thought much about it and as a result, I lost the top 10% of my high range in my hearing.  I now religiously wear ear protection, and even then my ears sometimes ring at the end of the day.

While many of us corner workers carry extra ear plugs to give away to spectators for their children in our marshal packs, we just can't meet the demand and people just don't listen.  The mother of the 2 year old child told me that her daughter didn't need ear protection because they were sitting up the hill and her hearing would be fine.  REALLY????

Is there a way to find a sponsor to print their logo on a huge batch of foam ear plugs and then get those given to EVERY single child that walks through the gate at a professional race weekend like this weekend's race at Mid-Ohio?  Can we do something to educate people that they NEED to protect their children's hearing at car races?

Heck, I'd be willing to do a PSA for this on my Radio Show!  Seriously, people just don't get it and it drives me nuts thinking of the damage they do to their children's ears.

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I use to carry a plastic jar of earplugs in my trackbag and hand them out in the pits or the fence line where my truck was stationed. Very important to do. Many spectators don't think about the intensity and duration of sounds during a race weekend.

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Adults don't seem to understand the need for hearing protection for themselves, so why the need for their children. Education is key!
I've done the same, as some have mentioned in their comments above, carried the foam disposables myself as well and freely handed them out to children's parents saying, there are reasons why, other than for communication purposes, the use of high quality headsets are in use throughout the track.
I point out that you'll see volunteers, concession operators, and vendors wearing some form of ear protection while on site for the same reason.
I'm all for an initiative towards kiosks with beneficial signage and free disposable earplugs at track gate entrances, volunteers handing them out, and educating the public to utilize them for their families benefit.
My thanks to C_EAllen for bringing this initiative to the attention of the MSF. Awesome Suggestion!

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Hi Guys, Just found you through a Google Alert.

If someone wants toget in touch with me, it's the sort of thing we might be able to help with. We travel around the UK and Europe giving out ear plugs to people attending motor racing events here to raise awareness of preventable hearing loss. We do manufacture ear defenders so whilst I can't say there isn't a commercial interest, it has all been bourne out of personal experience. We're all motorsport professionals from England and we make a very special product which is hand made here but... we'd love to be more actively involved in the US motor racing community.

If someone can let me know who I'd need to speak to, I'm more than happy to investigate.

 

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Can you please post your brand or website?  

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By US I meant North America - not sure what the acceptiable prtocall is?! US and Canada? North America?! Almost as confusing as UK, Great Britain and Northern Ireland!

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You're fine :-)  US, North America, it works.  :-)

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So, we have a possible PSA for Internet Radio for this offered up and a potential sponsor to put together an at the track program.  I'd say that's a lot easier than I thought it would be.  I guess it's a matter of having picked the right issue and the right concept for solving it :-)

I'll message my Executive Producer for the radio show this week and see if I can sell him doing a PSA on this for the network, across all our shows.  I doubt it will be a hard sell, given he's a racer himself.  We have an average listenership of 1.5 million a week, so I would say we can reach a lot of people.

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I've gotten the go-ahead to record a PSA for the Performance Motorsports Network.  I'm going to start scripting it this week.  I'll contact M. via email and we'll connect on scripting and details :-)

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This was a fantastic idea thank you.  We will proceed in finding both in ear foam plugs and clam style for kids.  Next is coming up with a distribution idea...

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Well, take a look at what Chevrolet was handing out for free in their display in the fun village at #CTMP this past weeked for the NASCAR Truck race. Now, if only we could get them to hand these to every single child that comes through the gate along with a flashcard that explains the importance of hearing protection for children. 

#OnAMission #PSAInTheWorks #PutInThePlugs!!

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I "Like" the, #putintheplugs, campaign slogan!

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