I recently received a thank you card that said, "Thank you ear people. I promise when I go see Iron Man 2 this weekend I will wear my earplugs during the previews."

As part of my job here at CHS I work to promote awareness about noise-induced hearing loss for Houston area school children... and I love it!

According to the American Academy of Audiology, approximately 36 million Americans have hearing loss. One in three developed their hearing loss as a result of exposure to noise!

You can imagine, when I first heard that statistic and the exciting news that CHS was starting to focus on hearing health, I eagerly started reaching out to the community on this important issue.

My first assignment was to develop a presentation for elementary school children. I wanted it to be fun, informative and interactive. I researched other popular public health campaigns and read some interesting data that Marissa Mendrygal, an audiologist here at CHS, passed along. Needless to say, with all my preparation I was still nervous about my first presentation to the thirty bright-eyed third graders in Pasadena ISD. Who knew that I would be using all my theater training to engage these students?

Well...I had a blast and so did they. The students answered every one of my follow-up questions so I knew that had been listening AND they loved the tuning fork experiment.

Since then we have reached over 400 students in the Greater Houston area. Community outreach to these students is one of my favorite parts of my job. I can see that these kids understand the importance of protecting their ears and that we are making a difference here at CHS.

So in the words of Iron Man, "It's not about me. It's not about you, either. It's about legacy, the legacy left behind for future generations."

Musings from Katharine Boyette, Outreach Manager