Sept 2019 Manning River Times
Creatives behind video: Jake Davey, Quotarian Carolyn Erickson and Kyle Shilling
Taree Quota Club members and guests were impressed by the content, music, impact and vibrancy of the music video clip Listen Up, Turn It Down, during its debut screening. The song is aimed at young people and to draw attention to hearing loss amongst kids and teenagers, and that hearing damage caused by loud noise is completely preventable. The words were written by Quotarian Carolyn Erickson, and produced by local artist Jake Davey and local rapper Kyle Shilling. "We all know that hearing loss doesn't discriminate based on age, and when it comes to hearing loss, children and teenagers face particular challenges that are unique to them," Taree Quota Club president Nancy Boyling said to those who attended the launch.
She added that lifestyle is certainly a factor in the increasing rates of hearing loss among young people. "A daily barrage of loud video games, mp3 players cranked to full volume, concerts, sporting events, movie theatres all deliver an unprecedented assault on the hearing of our children and teens. With increasing rates of hearing loss comes academic challenges, a growing problem for young people. Kids and teens with hearing loss are at risk academically if their hearing loss is left untreated. For older teens, job and career choices can be heavily influenced by hearing loss.
Studies have shown young people with hearing loss are often more limited in their vocational choices due to perceived barriers. In teens the most common cause of hearing loss is excessive noise exposure, which is completely preventable."
Launch: Nancy Boyling, Denise Zarb, Robyn Herps, Sonya Payton and Meaghan Payton, Annette Gleeson, Maree Cheney and Belinda Perrin, Leanne Kelly and David Kelly
Quota International has worked in the area of hearing health for more than 70 years. Through efforts at local, regional, national and international levels Quota has impacted the lives of countless people with impaired hearing. Nancy thanked member for Myall Lakes Steven Bromhead for making the production of the video possible through a grant from the State Government.
The audience then heard from Robyn Herps about her journey. Robyn is an itinerant Support Teacher - Hearing with the Department of Education and herself a cochlear implant recipient.
Parents of hearing impaired children also addressed the crowd, discussing the impact that living with a child with hearing loss has on the family unit, and how Quota has helped each family by subsidising their child to attend the annual Deaf Camp. The camp is an opportunity for the child to live separate from the family for one week, returning home more independent and self-assured having gained new skills, and increased confidence. They each thanked the Quota Club for their financial assistance.
Jake Davey and Kyle Shilling then took to the stage and entertained the audience, before discussing their involvement and positive experience in the recording and production of the video.
The video, which is vibrant, colourful, and catchy with a message that cannot be ignored, was then screened for the first time.