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Nursing Students Provide Helpful Tips For Hearing Loss, Cyberbullying

Valencia College West Campus cares about health and no one better advocates than Nursing students to educate and inform students about hearing loss and cyberbullying prevention. On October 16, students tabled and discussed keynotes of student wellness. It is important for students to be informed about health risks such as hearing loss and cyberbullying to prevent injuries in their future.
Hearing loss and cyberbullying are two important topics of student wellness. Nursing students promoted safety and health tips for college students. (Victoria Garcia-Morales)

Protect Your Ears

It is dangerous for one’s wellbeing to listen to music at full blast due to hearing loss that can lead to a difficult future, preventing them from comprehending what people are saying or having the need to have things repeated. Many older people have hearing loss due to loud volumes or sounds that they were exposed to over time. When asking ways to prevent hearing loss, Cochran said, “Individuals can distinguish how loud their music is by accessing their settings on their phone and adding the decibels hearing option.” It is inevitable that hearing loss can cause a longterm issue in a student’s life, therefore it is important to prevent loud sounds and volume before it becomes extreme.

Cyberbullying Stinks!

Nursing students Riley Lang and Hazel Medina informed students on the effects of cyberbullying and ways it can be prevented. Lang plans on graduating from Valencia College in 2025 to further her education as a Registered Nurse in childcare. Medina also plans to graduate in 2024, and aims to further her education to receive her RN license focusing on adults or geriatric care. When asking the students on the importance of cyberbullying and why students should be informed, both say that there are shortterm effects that a victim can experience such as lack of sleep and emotional anguish. There are also longterm effects such as social phobia, social anxiety, and depression; creating a difficult lifestyle for students or other individuals.”
Cyberbullying is a repetitive action through social media or internet sites. It is defined by the intention of one’s actions rather than the act of doing it. If a person is aiming at hurting a certain individual, it is considered bullying. “Students are on the internet 24-7, sometimes we do not even realize that we are victims of cyberbullying, or the ones partaking in the bullying,” explains Hazel Medina.

It is important for students and individuals to recognize the signs, the bystanders’ rule is to “See Something, Say Something.” There are resources to assist victims who are being cyberbullied. Valencia College offers counseling services to students, Baycare offers three free sessions to college students from licensed medical professionals.
“Building resilience and having good coping strategies can get rid of negative thoughts, aggression, or any mental anguish a student can experience,” recommends Hazel Medina and Riley Lang. It takes one person to bring a change to an individual’s life; showing kindness, being friendly, and assisting victims who need it the most. That one person can bring a positive change to a person’s life, allowing others to want to create a generational development for a better tomorrow.

Nursing students Hazel Medina (left) and Riley Lang (right) help have discussions on cyberbullying with West Campus students through their visual display on October 16. (Victoria Garcia-Morales)
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    David MoralesNov 8, 2023 at 11:01 pm

    Interesting article. My hearing loss is due to ignoring hearing protection protocols during my military service. Protection is up.ost important in preventing hearing loss. Great Article ?

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    DeborahNov 8, 2023 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you for writing an article on such an important topic and providing helpful information about the resources that are available to students.

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    Veronica M UrbinaNov 8, 2023 at 10:02 pm

    The topic of hearing loss hits home as I have a daughter whom lost her hearing, her acoustic nerve is damaged and there is no surgery that can get her hearing back. I strongly recommend to take care of your hearing and don’t ingore if your having any hearing loss symptoms.

    Cyberbulling does stink, no doubt about that. This world needs is kindness and it takes one person to make someone’s day just by simply saying, “have a good day”. Great article! ?

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    CamilaNov 8, 2023 at 10:01 pm