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Story by Oregon State Media, Inc.
Published on Monday May 2, 2011 - 11:14 AM
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BEND, Ore. — An Oregon high school student has been chosen to take part in a national program to study sound pollution at the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

The Bulletin newspaper reports that 15-year-old David Hoover from Bend High School also suffers from severe hearing loss.

Hoover is one of 17 students across the country chosen by the Hear the World Sound Academy to collect data for the National Park Service. The academy is supported by a foundation established by Phonak, a hearing aid manufacturer based in Switzerland.

Hoover was nominated for the park program by Alan Yankus, a teacher who works with deaf and hearing impaired students.

Hoover will join students with a range of hearing abilities at the canyon, where they'll collect samples of noise pollution in August.