For Immediate Release Nebraska ETV Live Call-in Special
Features Panel of Hearing Loss Specialists LINCOLN, Neb. (Nov.
17, 2000) --
Nebraska ETV viewers with questions or concerns about the growing problem
of noise-induced hearing loss may talk directly to experts during a live,
half-hour call-in special airing immediately after the premiere of "Deafening
Sound." The program, produced by Nebraska ETV, explores the subject of
noise-induced hearing loss and the efforts to educate the public on the
hazards of excessive noise and the need for hearing protection.
Sound" firsted aired Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. CT (6
MT) on the statewide Nebraska ETV Network. The call-in special
at 8 p.m. CT (7 MT). Viewers statewide may participate by
calling (800) 676-5446. Lincoln-area residents may call 472-1212.
A panel of three hearing loss professionals will address selected questions
from viewer calls on air. Two of the panelists also appear in "Deafening
Sound." The first, Kathy Peck, is executive director of the San Francisco-based
nonprofit organization Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.),
which educates musicians and others about noise-induced hearing loss.
A former punk band musician and singer, Peck also experiences firsthand
the permanent hearing loss and tinnitus caused by exposure to excessive
levels of noise.
The second hearing loss expert featured in "Deafening Sound" and also
appearing on the panel is Patrick Brookhouser, M.D. He is the director
of Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha and his specialties are
early childhood hearing loss and hereditary hearing impairment.
The third panelist, Kenya Taylor, is chair of the University of Nebraska
at Kearney Department of Communication Disorders. Taylor specializes in
research regarding noise-induced hearing loss in agriculture and industry.
Veteran journalist Carol Schrader of the Nebraska Public Radio Network
and KYNE (the Nebraska ETV Network station in Omaha) will host the call-in
special. Callers will be able to address their questions and concerns
directly to hearing specialists, who will answer the phones during the
call-in special. The professionals represent Associated Ear, Nose and
Throat Physicians, P.C. (Lincoln); Audiology Center of Lincoln; Omaha
Hearing Center; University Medical Associates and University of Nebraska
Medical Center Ear Specialists at Nebraska Health Systems; and the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln's Barkley Speech, Language, and Hearing Center.
"Deafening Sound" will be rebroadcast on Nebraska ETV Sunday, Nov. 26,
at 5 p.m. CT (4 MT). It will be rebroadcast on NETV2 (EduCable)*, the
cable television service of Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET),
Friday, Nov. 24, at 4:30 p.m. CT (3:30 MT); Saturday, Nov. 25, at 5 p.m
CT (4 MT); Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. CT (9 and 1:30
MT); and Thursday, Nov. 30, at 9 p.m. CT (8 MT). A taped version of the
follow-up special will rebroadcast following the NETV2 airings Saturday,
Nov. 25, at 6 p.m. CT (5 MT); and Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. and 7:30
p.m. CT (10 and 6:30 MT).
"Deafening Sound" is closed captioned for hearing-impaired audiences
by the Nebraska Captioning Center. Production funding for "Deafening Sound"
was provided in part by Nebraskans for Public Television and the Corporation
for Public Broadcasting through the Central Educational Network. A "Deafening
Sound" Web site (link at NET Online, http://net.unl.edu) is available
to viewers seeking additional information on the topic of noise-induced
hearing loss, links to related sites and other details on resources available.
H.E.A.R.'s Web site (http://www.hearnet.com) can also be accessed through
a link on the "Deafening Sound" Web site.A resource packet for individuals
with concerns and questions about hearing loss is available upon request
by contacting Deb Miller of Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET)
at (402) 472-9333, ext. 353 or by e-mail (email@example.com). Nebraska ETV and
NETV2 are services of NET. Their complete program schedules are available
on NET Online (http://net.unl.edu). -30- RELEASE WRITTEN BY: Kara Schweiss,
(402) 472-9333, ext. 694, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org PROGRAM INFORMATION:
Jayne Sebby, (402) 472-9333, ext. 319, or e-mail email@example.com
*EDITOR'S NOTE: NETV2 is the 24-hour cable television service of Nebraska
Educational Telecommunications. It offers a variety of locally-produced
and nationally-acquired programs including gavel-to-gavel coverage of
the Nebraska Legislature, cultural and public affairs programs and children's
programs, and is provided to cable operators free of charge. NETV2 may
currently be seen in the following communities: Alliance, Auburn, Aurora,
Bartley, Benkelman, Cambridge, Chadron, Columbus, Crete, Curtis, Douglas
County, Fairbury, Falls City, Fremont, Gering, Grand Island, Haigler,
Kearney, Lexington, Lincoln, Macy, Maywood, Nebraska City, Norfolk, North
Platte, Ogallala, Omaha, Scottsbluff, Seward, Sidney, Superior, Terrytown,
Wauneta and York. If your community does not receive NETV2, please contact
your local cable provider and ask them to add NETV2 to their service.