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CHC Celebrates 26th Annual International Noise Awareness Day (INAD)

INAD is worldwide event raising awareness around the harmful effects of noise

New York, NY – April 28, 2021 – The Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC), a leading nonprofit hearing health care center in New York that provides comprehensive services to people of all ages who are hard of hearing, deaf or deafblind, today celebrates the 26th Annual International Noise Awareness Day (INAD).

INAD Founded by CHC in 1996

Established by CHC in 1996, INAD aims to raise awareness around the harmful effects of noise on hearing, health and quality of life. Since its inception, INAD has grown to include participants from around the globe including renowned organizations like the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, New York University and the International Commission for Acoustics.  Countries represented include Panama, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, India, Serbia, Greece, United Kingdom, Spain, Nigeria and the Netherlands, just to name a few.

Through the creation of local community activities, webinars and other advocacy events, INAD participants will educate millions on the dangers of noise, inspire the adoption of safe listening habits, and spark legislative change to reduce noise and create quiet spaces in our cities.

Noise Experts Sound Off in INAD Videos

To commemorate the 2021 INAD, CHC is releasing a series of videos featuring leading noise and acoustics experts from around the globe discussing the dangers of noise, safe listening practices, and the role of sound in our lives. Click below to view.

Interviewer: Laurie Hanin, Executive Director of CHC Interviewee: Shelly Chadha, Medical Officer, World Health Organization 

Interviewer: Ellen Lafargue, CHC Audiology Director Interviewee: John Eichwald, Office of Science, Centers for Disease Control

Interviewer: Arline Bronzaft, Author, GrowNYC Board Member Interviewee: Val Weedon MBE, Journalist, Author, UK Noise Association

Interviewer: Nancy Nadler, Deputy Executive Director of CHC, Co-Founder, INAD Interviewees: Michael Taroudakis and Marion Burgess of the International Commission for Acoustics 

Noise is Hazardous to our Health

Why do we care so much about unwanted noise? Laurie Hanin, Executive Director of CHC, explains that “It’s a well-established fact that in the short term, noise causes stress, and stress is hazardous to our health. In the long term, noise causes hearing loss—and hearing loss itself is detrimental to our health and well-being.”

“As the Founder of International Noise Awareness Day, it is a privilege for CHC to be able to bring together the leading authorities on noise, health and hearing loss in a forum that will educate consumers today and for years to come,” said Nancy Nadler, Deputy Executive Director of CHC and one of the original Co-Founders of INAD. “INAD is not only about protecting your hearing—it is about protecting your health. A growing body of research links hearing loss with social isolation, depression, an increased risk of falls, and even the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. We are grateful to be able to raise awareness on such an important topic on this global stage.”

To participate in INAD with your community visit  

About CHC

Founded in 1910, CHC is a historic pillar of support, offering high-quality, comprehensive services to empower people affected by hearing loss, deafness or listening challenges. Through a unique blend of comprehensive and clinically outstanding onsite and virtual services, and community outreach programs, CHC impacts the quality of life for 50,000 infants, children, and adults annually. CHC offers the highest caliber of services to individuals and families coping with the challenges of hearing loss, regardless of ability to pay. Learn more at


Press Inquiries Please Contact: Nancy Nadler, Deputy Executive Director Center for Hearing and Communication

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