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A Sound Partnership for North America

September 27, 2021

UK acoustic instrument specialists, Cirrus Research plc, today announce the formation of an exclusive partnership with NoiseMeters Inc for the distribution of sound measurement equipment in the USA with immediate effect.  NoiseMeters has supplied sound level meters and noise dosimeters to the US for over 20 years through their successful online retail business. By working…

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Age “Correction” in Hearing Conservation Programs

September 21, 2021

By: Gregory A. Flamme and Kristy K. Deiters, Contributors Employers may elect to adjust observed hearing threshold changes as an attempt to account for typical age-related change. However, there is no guarantee that age “correction” correctly represents the influence of age, and adjusted threshold shifts are not interpretable for individuals or small groups—because age-related changes…

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Plugging the Knowledge Gap in Hearing Protection

September 21, 2021

By: Tim Turney, Contributor Approximately 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous occupational noise each year1. Prolonged exposure to excessive noise levels can cause life-changing damage, because the harm to the sensory cells and other structures within the ears is irreversible—often resulting in permanent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). NIHL is more common than diabetes or…

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Machinery Noise Control: The First Step

May 18, 2021

Before time and money are invested in implementation of noise controls, the first step should be to ensure the noise concern is not due to improper equipment setup and/or maintenance related. The recommended step here is to meet with engineering and maintenance representatives to ascertain their opinions on the matter as it relates to elevated…

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Now Hear This: Right Steps for Hearing Conservation Training

April 19, 2021

Dr. Vickie Tuten and Dr. Kathy Gates, Contributors Hear, hear! Industrial hygienists serve key roles in providing education and training, one of the essential elements of a Hearing Conservation Program (HCP).  Consistent delivery of effective education can have a positive impact on influencing workers to voluntarily adopt behaviors that preserve their sense of hearing. The…

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Listen Up! A note from NHCA

February 3, 2021

The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) was formed in 1976. The founders of NHCA were mainly audiologists and otolaryngologists who were concerned with the serious problem of noise-induced hearing impairment resulting from occupational exposure to noise. The Association was created to provide a forum where professionals with similar interests could share information and gain increased…

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Protect Your Workforce Against Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

February 3, 2021

Steve Ochs, Contributor An estimated 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year.[1] For employers, worker exposure to noise could result in catastrophic penalties and compensation for hearing loss disability. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) claims that “an estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers’ compensation for hearing loss disability,”…

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NHCA Announces Newly Elected Board

January 18, 2021

Please join me in congratulating our newly elected NHCA Executive Council members starting their terms during NHCA’s 2021 virtual conference! We are fortunate to have such a collection of highly qualified and enthusiastic new EC members! Director of Communications (2-year term) Liz Masterson (NIOSH/CDC) Secretary/Treasurer (2-year term) Ted Madison (Midwest Center for Occupational Health &…

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Milwaukee Tool Provides All Day Comfort with New Banded Hearing Protection

December 7, 2020

Milwaukee Tool is adding to their Personal Protective Equipment lineup with new hearing protection – Banded Ear Plugs. The Banded Ear Plugs are designed to provide all-day comfort with versatile wear and the adaptable design for 3-point wear allows users to set the band above their head, below their chin, or behind their neck. The…

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Improving Noise Safety on Worksites

November 4, 2020

Heather Perl, Contributor Despite being a serious potential health hazard, loud noises are often not given enough consideration when trying to establish the safety of a worksite. Loud noises are invisible dangers; they may not be immediately obvious, and many employees and employers don’t realize how much damage occurs over time. Even moderately loud noises…

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