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Listen Up! From the NHCA Experts…

May 8, 2024

A Good dBA TWA Makes Your Day! According to OSHA’s 29 CFR 1904.5(a), professional supervisors (PS) “must consider an injury or illness to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing injury or illness.” For a PS of audiometric monitoring,…

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Noise in the Workplace Terminology

May 8, 2024

By: Tim Turney, Contributor Those that work in industrial settings may find themselves exposed to levels of noise that can cause long-term damage to their hearing. Most understand that being subjected to a loud, instantaneous noise can damage hearing beyond repair, but employees exposed to a lower noise level over the course of their working life can…

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New ‘Hearing is Quality of Life’ Video Has Been Posted!

March 27, 2024

The second video in the series (Part 2) is now available! The National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Hearing Loss Prevention Cross-Sector Council produced this series of videos featuring conversations with noise-exposed workers who have experienced hearing loss and/or tinnitus. These videos are being hosted by NHCA here. These are short motivational videos intended for a lay…

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Listen Up! From the NHCA Experts…

March 26, 2024

Safe-in-Sound Award: Real-World Successes in Hearing Loss Prevention By: Thais C. Morata, NIOSH Senior Research Audiologist and NHCA Expert Since 2009, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) and the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) have recognized those who demonstrate excellence or innovation in…

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Sound Advice: Simplify with Rental Equipment

March 26, 2024

By: Carol Case, Contributor Keeping tabs on your employees’ noise exposure is essential to ensuring their hearing safety in the workplace. If processes and equipment utilized in your facility remain fairly constant, you may not need to monitor noise all the time. OSHA requires employees to perform noise monitoring when “changes in production, process or…

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Listen Up! From the NHCA Experts…

February 5, 2024

Age Adjustments in Audiometric Monitoring Routine audiometric monitoring is an important step in hearing loss prevention programs, allowing for the assessment of hearing changes across time. Optional age adjustments have been allowed by subtracting out expected “age” effects. Whether to apply age adjustments at the individual level (Figure 1), and which ones to use, has…

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Hearing Aid Use in the Workplace

February 5, 2024

By: Robert M. Traynor, Ed.D., MBA, FNAP and Garry G. Gordon, M.S. The World Health Organization estimates that 1.5 billion people (nearly 20% of the global population) live with some degree of recordable hearing impairment.1 For 700 million of these individuals, their degree of hearing impairment is considered a disability. Hearing loss in the U.S.…

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Listen Up! From the NHCA Experts…

November 21, 2023

Measurement Basics: Don’t Push the Limits By: Donald Finan, Contributor Your sound level meter may be trying to tell you something: It has limits, as do we all. Depending on how far you push someone’s limits, you may receive a very clear response. For sound level meters, the response might not be quite as clear…

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Solutions to Avoid Irreversible Hearing Damage in the Workplace

November 21, 2023

By: Pete Murphy, Contributor What comes to mind when you think of ways to protect yourself on the job? Goggles or glasses to protect your eyes; gloves to protect your hands; and a hard hat to protect your head—but what about hearing protection for your ears? Like all PPE, hearing protection is essential to avoid…

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The Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation: A 50 Year Perspective

November 21, 2023

By: J. Andrew Merkley, AuD, CCC-A, CPS/A, CAOHC Council Chair As of August 2023, the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) celebrates its 50th anniversary of promoting best practices in occupational hearing conservation across the U.S. Historical Perspective The origin of the Council dates back to the mid-1960s, when the American Association of…

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