Kay Richardson presented the program, "Can You Hear Me" at the recent meeting of the Grace Willing Workers Extension Homemakers. The meeting and potluck luncheon were held at Centennial Fellowship Church in White Hall.

Kay Richardson presented the program, “Can You Hear Me” at the recent meeting of the Grace Willing Workers Extension Homemakers. The meeting and potluck luncheon were held at Centennial Fellowship Church in White Hall.

Richardson introduced her program by having the members complete a word search and a crossword puzzle pertaining to noise induced hearing loss. She stated that we live in an increasingly noisy world. We are surrounded by a growing number of tools, toys, and other gadgets that make lots of noise. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) occurs when tiny sensory cells in our inner ear, called hair cells, are damaged by sounds that are too loud and that last too long. How near we are to the source of the noise is also important. NIHL can be permanent; but by learning when to use hearing protectors, it can be preventable.

Sound is measured in units called decibels. Hearing protectors are recommended whenever a person’s hearing is exposed to noise levels that exceed a certain level and time. There are two types of ear protection. Earplugs are soft foam or plastic inserts that fit directly into the ear canal. They come in both disposable and re-usable types. Earmuffs look like wireless headphones. Earmuffs cost more than earplugs but are easier to put on correctly.

Your ears can be your warning signs for potentially dangerous noises. The noise is too loud when 1) You have to raise your voice to be understood by someone standing nearby. 2) The noise hurts your ears. 3) You develop a buzzing or ringing sound in your ears, even temporarily. 4) You don’t hear as well as you normally do until several hours after you get away from the noise.

Richardson closed her program by stating that Noise Induced Hearing Loss is painless, progressive, permanent but it is also preventable.

Debbie James, club president, conducted the business session of the meeting. She stated that she recently taught the club a Scrapbook Workshop. Those attending were Kaye Richardson, Barbara Stone, Carolyn Harness, Delores Kelley, Brenda Robinson, Nancy Rosen, Marjorie Zuber, Connie Herrin, Dot Hart, Liz Crosby, Linda Murray, and Jo Ann Carr, a member of White Hall Willing Workers. Participants used their creative skills to design scrapbook pages for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter. She also reminded everyone of the upcoming Card Workshop at the Extension Office as well as a Paper Necklace Club Workshop at Centennial Fellowship Church.

Community service was discussed. Kaye Richardson encouraged everyone to bring cereal or canned meat for the Transformation Project to the next meeting. Barbara Stone reminded everyone to continue working on loomed hats. Grace Willing Workers planned to participate in Kids Fest at the White Hall Park, and volunteers were sought.

Grace Willing Workers has been participating in the Walk Across Arkansas program. Nancy Rosen is the captain of the club’s team, Grace Go-Getters. Other members are Dixie Fritz, Scarlett Chism, Dot Hart, Delores Kelley, Verdell Baker, Betty Lacy, Mary Smith, Connie Herrin, and Marjorie Zuber.

Debbie James, Connie Herrin, Brenda Robinson, Delores Kelley, and Eva Marie Pearson enjoyed attending the Arkansas Extension Homemaker’s Council Workshop at the 4-H Center in Ferndale.

Upcoming events are “The Hobbit,” (a fellowship tour) at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, a class on Dutch Oven Cooking, and Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Council’s Spring Council.