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Vol. LXIV, No. 20
September 28, 2012
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NIDCD’s ‘Noisy Planet’ Stars on Jeopardy!

It’s A Noisy Planet was a category on Jeopardy! during the show’s recent Kids Week.
It’s A Noisy Planet was a category on Jeopardy! during the show’s recent Kids Week.
It’s A Noisy Planet was a category on Jeopardy! during the show’s recent Kids Week.

During the recent Kids Week on Jeopardy!, viewers learned more about history, natural disasters, musical instruments and the importance of protecting one’s hearing when the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders’ It’s a Noisy Planet—Protect Their Hearing campaign was featured as a special category. The national education campaign teaches parents and tweens (children ages 8-12) about healthy hearing habits to protect them from noise-induced hearing loss, which is cumulative, permanent and preventable.

Jeopardy! producers used information from the public awareness campaign to develop questions related to the causes, symptoms and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. Contestants appeared hesitant to select the It’s a Noisy Planet category at first, but ultimately answered 4 of the 5 questions correctly during the Double Jeopardy! round.

One of the questions within the category was revealed to be a Daily Double, and the contestant chose to wager a modest $10, which brought chuckles from the audience and host Alex Trebek; his small bid turned out to be a good decision, since he didn’t know the correct question for “Since the 1870s people have been worried about the ‘air’ type of this; since the 1970s, about the ‘noise’ type.” What do you think the correct question is?

If you want to find out, you can watch a clip on NIDCD’s It’s a Noisy Planet web site. You can also post a comment on the Jeopardy! and It’s a Noisy Planet Facebook pages to say which answers stumped you and which ones you got right.


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