NHCA/CAOHC Webinar Series

The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) has coordinated with the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) to host a NHCA/CAOHC webinar series for 2024/2025.  The series offers high-level webinar content on hot topics and top-notch speakers!   

See pricing below. If you are a member of CAOHC or NHCA enjoy special member pricing and discounts.


2024 Webinars:

Topic: Does it fit? – Hearing Protector Fit Testing and Ambient Noise 

This webinar will be recorded. 

No CEU credits of any kind will be offered for viewing the recorded version of this webinar. 

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When: July 24, 2024 at 2:00pm ET

CEUs: 1-hour CEU (AAA and 0.1 ASHA CEU)

Pricing:
$38 - CAOHC/NHCA members
$50 - Non-members

About the Webinar: Conducting hearing protector fit testing (HPFT) in the workplace is a recognized best practice and strongly encouraged by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Hearing Conservation Association, and the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation. There are a variety of tools and methods available to conduct hearing protector fit testing. Which one will work best for you and your workplace situation depends on a variety of factors including space available, speed of testing, accessibility to the space available for both workers and testing staff, and noise levels in the testing environment. This webinar will briefly discuss the process of conducting HPFT and different methods and user case scenarios for HPFT. Instructors will then discuss the challenges of conducting HPFT in the workplace, including challenges with excessive noise in the testing environment, by sharing experiences using different methods of testing in a variety of non-clinical environments. The recommended and reasons for maximum permissible ambient noise levels (MPANLS) when conducting HPFT will then be discussed for the different testing methodologies. The instructor panel will then respond to questions from the audience regarding HPFT.

Presenters: James (Jesse) A. Norris, PhD, Jeremy Federman, PhD, CCC-A, Stephanie Karch, J. Andrew Merkley, AuD, CCC-A, CPS/A

James (Jesse) A. Norris, PhD: Dr. Norris earned his PhD in Biomedical Engineering through a collaborative program between Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University. After completing his PhD, he joined Creare, an engineering firm in Hanover, NH, specializing in research and development. At Creare, Dr. Norris applied expertise in signal processing, mechanical design, and software development on various projects. Notably, he led the development of a handheld laser scanning system for inspecting F35 aircraft. This involved travel to multiple manufacturing and maintenance facilities. At Creare, he’d also been involved in hearing assessment and protection, and was surprised by the widespread incorrect use of earplugs. Stemming from an NIH project led by Dr. Odile Clavier, they developed the Wireless Audiometric Hearing Test System (WAHTS). The WAHTS was designed to conduct hearing and earplug fit testing outside of traditional sound booths. Since 2016, Dr. Norris has been an advocate for the development and validation of technologies like the WAHTS and the advancement of best practices for “boothless” audiometry. In 2021, he left Creare to lead the transition of WAHTS from research into a product, aiming to significantly enhance hearing assessment and protection throughout our lives. View Financial Disclosure.

Jeremy Federman, PhD, CCC-A: Dr. Jeremy Federman leads the multi-disciplinary Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory’s Regional Hearing Conservation Division mission to expand, diversify, and execute Navy medical research regarding (a) effects of continuous and impulse noise exposure, (b) human auditory perception and production, and (c) speech communications/intelligibility. This includes comprehensive road mapping and oversight of the division’s RDT&E portfolio with an annual budget of $1.3 million. Current projects include Viability and Deployability of Hearing Protector Fit-Testing within the U.S. Department of Navy (DON), viability of boothless audiometry in the DON, small arms impulse noise abatement, and the effects of head-worn devices on auditory sound localization. Federman received his Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics February, 2024 from University of Southern Maine, and his Masters in Audiology and PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. View Financial Disclosure.

Stephanie Karch: Stephanie Karch is a research audiologist for the Regional Hearing Conservation Program of Record at the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory (NSMRL). Her research and scientific publications cover a wide range of topics including (but not limited to) hearing protector fit training, hearing protector fit testing, auditory injury and deployment-related mild traumatic brain injury, and tinnitus treatment options. At NSMRL, her work focuses on the prevention and mitigation of acute auditory injury and noise induced hearing loss in both Navy and Marine Corps personnel. Her current research interests include investigating the application and viability of novel technology and clinical tools to assess auditory and hearing protector function in dynamic and austere military occupational environments. Dr. Karch received her clinical doctorate and PhD from Gallaudet University, completed an ORISE Postdoctoral fellowship at the US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory, and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. View Financial Disclosure.

J. Andrew Merkley, AuD, CCC-A, CPS/A is an occupational audiologist with over 25 years of experience in both clinical and occupational audiology.  He currently works as a contract research administrator with the Defense Health Agency Hearing Center of Excellence.  He holds a Master of Science in Communicative Disorders from Utah State University and a Doctor of Audiology from Central Michigan University.  Dr. Merkley's professional associations include the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (AHSA), the Military Audiology Association (MAA) and the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA).  In addition, Dr. Merkley represents the Military Audiology Association on the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) and currently serves as the Council Chair.  He holds the certificate of clinical competence in Audiology (CCC-A), is a certified CAOHC Course Director (CD) and a CAOHC certified Professional Supervisor (CPS/A). View Financial Disclosure

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Define a standard threshold shift (STS) as defined by OSHA.
  2. Describe work-relatedness per OSHA’s record-keeping rules (29 CFR 1904.5).
  3. Describe OSHA’s basis for determining recordability on the OSHA Form 300.
  4. Identify factors which should and should not be considered in determining work-relatedness.
  5. Apply this knowledge in assessing potentially recordable losses.

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Topic: Award-Winning Ideas for Preventing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

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When: May 1, 2024 at 4:00pm ET

CEUs: No CEUs will be offered for this webinar. 

Pricing: Free

About the Webinar: Efforts to prevent the effects of noise can seem overwhelming.  However, since 2009 more than 27 specific initiatives have been recognized with the Safe-In-Sound Award for Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention. These award winners are pioneers who invested in innovative approaches (some surprisingly simple and easy to implement) to tame the beast. Their success stories demonstrate that noise control is desirable and within reach, and that noise control benefits extend beyond the prevention of hearing loss.

In this session, you will hear about rationales and real-world examples which were implemented by single facilities or adopted across large corporations. While some key elements and strategies are not new, they are unique in how extensively they are implemented and valued, and how integrated they are at different organizational levels.  The practical range of strategies covered, will provide guidance on how to achieve excellence in hearing loss prevention in your own work. Attendees will learn about practical ideas for reducing noise-induced hearing loss and innovative approaches to managing Hearing Loss Prevention Programs that have helped these companies achieve greater success.

The Safe-In sound award is presented annually by the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) and the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). Participants are encouraged to apply for the award online https://www.safeinsound.us 

Presenters: Thais Morata (PhD), Ted Madison (M.A., CCC-A, CPS/A)

Thais Morata, PhD. is Co-Manager of the Hearing Loss Prevention Program of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health,  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is a Founding Editorial Board Member for the International Journal of Audiology and the Cochrane Work systematic review group.   She is a mentor and collaborator with researchers across the globe and received several awards.  Her pioneering research in occupational health has contributed to international occupational safety and health policies.  She is currently devoting time to improving the communication of science to the public through new media and promoting the adoption of evidence-based health practices. 

Ted Madison, M.A., CCC-A, CPS/A is an audiologist in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He teaches hearing conservation courses for the Midwest Center for Occupational Safety and Health at the University of Minnesota. He is certified by the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) as a Course Director and a Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring Program. Ted served as President of National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) in 2004-2005 and as a CAOHC council member from 2006-2016. He currently is a member of the review panel for the Safe-In-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award™.

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Topic: Shifts in Hearing Thresholds: Work Related or Not?

This webinar will be recorded. No CEU credits of any kind will be offered for viewing the recorded version of this webinar. 

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When: April 17, 2024 at 5:00pm ET

CEUs: 1-hour CEU (AAA and 0.1 ASHA CEU)

Pricing:
$38 - CAOHC/NHCA members
$50 - Non-members

About the Webinar: In this webinar, two experienced occupational audiologists will describe a standard threshold shift of hearing as defined by OSHA and the general concept of work-relatedness per OSHA’s record-keeping rules (29 CFR 1904.5). The NHCA Guidelines for Recording Hearing Loss on the OSHA 300 Log (National Hearing Conservation Association, 2011), which provides a guideline for assessing work-relatedness, will be reviewed.  In a question/answer format, frequently asked questions and sample cases will be discussed. An open dialogue on participants’ questions on hearing threshold level shifts and work-relatedness will follow.

Presenters: Marjorie Grantham & Carol Snyderwine

Marjorie Grantham, PhD, F-AAA, CPS/A: Dr. Grantham is an occupational audiologist with a Ph.D. in hearing science and over 30 years of experience in clinical and preventive audiology, research, and leadership. She currently works at Examinetics, the nation's largest provider of mobile occupational health and data management services.

Dr. Grantham promotes hearing wellness and safety in the workplace and beyond, by providing audiometric monitoring professional supervision and hearing health education for Occupational Hearing Conservationists, employers, and employees. She also contributes to the development and implementation of hearing conservation programs, policies, and best practices. You may reach Marjorie at [email protected].

Carol Snyderwine, MHA, MA, CCC-A, CPS/A: Carol Snyderwine is an audiologist and has worked over 35 years for the Cleveland Clinic Health System where she manages a mobile, occupational hearing conservation program. This mobile unit provides on-site hearing tests in the greater Cleveland/Akron area. Carol reviews audiograms and provides follow-up audiometry for those workers having problem audiograms and consults for industries having their own inhouse hearing conservation programs.

Carol represents the American Speech Language Association (ASHA) on the CAOHC Council where she serves as the Council Vice Chair of Education and the Chair of the Professional Supervisor Committee. You can contact Carol at [email protected].

Financial Disclosure: Carol Snyderwine, MHA, MA, CCC-A, CPS/A has no relevant financial information to disclose. Mrs. Snyderwine discloses her relevant non-financial relationship as a representative of ASHA on the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) Council. Marjorie Grantham, PhD, F-AAA, CPS/A has no relevant financial information to disclose. Dr. Grantham discloses her relevant non-financial relationship as the editor for the NHCA Spectrum and president of the NHCA Scholarship Foundation.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Define a standard threshold shift (STS) as defined by OSHA.
  2. Describe work-relatedness per OSHA’s record-keeping rules (29 CFR 1904.5).
  3. Describe OSHA’s basis for determining recordability on the OSHA Form 300.
  4. Identify factors which should and should not be considered in determining work-relatedness.
  5. Apply this knowledge in assessing potentially recordable losses.

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2023 Webinars:

Topic: Considerations When Selecting Hearing Protection for Hearing-Critical Tasks

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When: November 16, 2023 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST

CEUs: 1-hour CEU (AAA and 0.1 ASHA CEU)

Pricing:
$38 - CAOHC/NHCA members
$50 - Non-members
About the Webinar: 

Functional hearing is critical for many tasks in the military and public safety where performance impacts could have life-threatening consequences. However, many of these occupations also involve frequent exposure to harmful noise. Ideally, our warfighters and public safety officers (PSOs) would have readily accessible Hearing Protection Devices (HPDs) that protect them from high-level noise exposures while preserving auditory situation awareness (SA). The unfortunate reality is that many HPDs degrade auditory SA, so our Service Members (SMs) and PSOs must often make a deliberate choice when engaging in hearing-critical life-threatening tasks between 1) wearing a hearing protector and sacrificing some SA or 2) operating without hearing protection and risking a temporary shift in hearing thresholds, both of which may impact their performance during the mission. The latter choice may also result in permanent hearing damage, which could impact fitness for duty or make them less effective in future operations. Yet, many still choose to operate without hearing protection.

Many forms of HPDs are available to mitigate the risk of both long- and short-term damage to the auditory system, and each have certain advantages and drawbacks in terms of their effect on functional hearing. Historically, this is assessed in laboratory settings at the individual level using highly controlled speech perception, sound detection, and localization experiments. In practice, SMs and PSOs rely on effective communication between individuals in environments with dynamic sources of auditory and visual input that compete for attention. 

Given the complexity and multifaceted nature of combat operations, few studies have evaluated the impact of hearing protection and hearing loss in these environments. In this presentation, we will review the relevant literature and highlight a series of completed and planned studies aimed at measuring the functional impact of hearing loss and various hearing protection conditions on SMs in field operations. The hope is that these studies will help to illustrate and quantify the importance of hearing in combat operations and provide valuable evidence to inform the selection of hearing protection for our Warfighters and PSOs.

Moderator: Kathy Gates

Presenter:

  • Benjamin Sheffield holds dual degrees in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. After a four-year stint working in the defense industry, he got his start in auditory research as a volunteer in a hearing and speech lab while in graduate school at UC Irvine. He now has 16 years of experience working in auditory research, including the last 13 in a dual appointment with the Defense Centers for Public Health – Aberdeen and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He has been the principal investigator on several studies examining the relationship between hearing acuity and operational performance and is a project lead on several public health surveillance projects leveraging boothless audiometry.
    • Financial Disclosures: None
    • Non-Financial Disclosures: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Describe forms of objective and subjective assessment for quantifying combat performance.
  2. Discuss the potential drawbacks of forgoing use of HPDs while engaging in combat operations.
  3. Describe different types of hearing protection and their impact on communication ability and operational performance.

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Topic: Using age adjustments in audiometric monitoring: Validity concerns, practical considerations, and OSHA guidance

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When: September 21, 2023 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST

CEUs: 1-hour CEU (AAA and 0.1 ASHA CEU)

Pricing:
$38 - CAOHC/NHCA members
$50 - Non-members
About the Webinar: 

In monitoring audiometry, adjustments to threshold changes (often called age corrections) can be used to account for changes in hearing that may be due to non-noise factors.  The OSHA hearing conservation amendment (45 CFR 1910.95) includes an age adjustment table based on a relatively small NIOSH study from the early 1970s. However, if age adjustments are used, the OSHA Technical Manual currently recommends using recently published age adjustment data (Flamme et al., 2019) instead of the tables in the OSHA hearing conservation amendment.  The updated age adjustment tables reveal a population trend toward less age-related change than the original NIOSH tables at younger ages, address differences by race/ethnicity, and extend the age range to account for older workers in today’s workforce.  NIOSH continues to recommend against any age adjustment in threshold shift determination.  This presentation includes the underpinnings of the NIOSH adjustment tables in the noise standard, the validity issues that initiated the update, and the development and validation of the age adjustment tables that are now recommended in the OSHA Technical Manual. 

Moderator: Laura Kauth

Presenters:

  • Dr. Kristy Deiters is a research audiologist and consultant with a doctorate in Audiology (Au.D) from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Economics from Alma College.  Dr. Deiters' research interests range from changes in hearing over time, reliability of hearing thresholds, the dependability of middle ear muscle contractions as hearing protection, and the epidemiology of and risk factors for hearing loss.  In 2021, Dr. Deiters and her co-workers received the NIOSH Alice Hamilton Award for Excellence in Occupational Safety and Health (Epidemiology and Surveillance category) for their leadership through science and publishing their work on population-based age adjustment tables for occupational hearing conservation programs.
    • Financial Disclosures: None
    • Non-Financial Disclosures: None
  • Dr. Gregory Flamme is the Senior Scientist and Chief Operating Officer of Stephenson and Stephenson Research and Consulting (SASRAC), which is a company founded by Dr. Mark Stephenson and Dr. Carol Stephenson. Dr. Flamme has a Ph.D. in Audiology from the University of Memphis, completed post-doctoral work in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Iowa, and was an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Western Michigan University prior to joining SASRAC. Dr. Flamme's research interests include the prevention, treatment, and epidemiological study of hearing impairment.

    • Financial Disclosures: None
    • Non-Financial Disclosures: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Attendees will critique the empirical basis for the age adjustments (corrections) included in the OSHA Hearing Conservation Amendment.
  2. Attendees will recognize the disadvantages of applying age adjustments that do not represent workers today.
  3. Attendees will understand how NHANES data can be used to provide validated contemporary age adjustments.

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Topic: Hearing Protection Devices Update 

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When: July 27, 2023 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST

CEUs: None

Pricing: Free
About the Webinar: This webinar will offer a closer look at new hearing protection devices products available. 

Presenters:

  • Laura Kauth, Moderator
  • Tim Chismar - 3M
    • 3M Personal Safety Division offers comprehensive solutions, influenced by our vast industrial experience, to proactively address growing worker health and safety needs in our rapidly evolving world.  Protecting people, improving lives, and enhancing productivity. 

      • Tim Chismar is the North American Product Marketer for the 3M™ PELTOR™ Portfolio of protective communication solutions.  With a background in biomedical engineering and business administration (and a former COHC), Tim has developed and supported numerous auditory solutions over the last 15 years including products under the Littmann® brand of stethoscopes and now with PELTOR protective communication headsets.
  • Susan Cooper - CavCom
    • CavCom is a privately held company with manufacturing facilities in Walker, MN and staff throughout the United States. CavCom manufactures innovative products designed to prevent hearing loss and improve radio communications in high noise and respirator environments. Our electronics interface with any 2-way radio on the market, and our earsets simultaneously provide safe listening levels and superior hearing protection. CavCom is the original “Talk Through Your Ears®” technology.
      • Susan received a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in audiology from the University of Kansas. She is certified as an audiologist (CCC-A) by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has been active in many professional organizations. Susan has served on the noise committee of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), as Chair of the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation, President of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), and on the board of directors of the NHCA Scholarship Foundation. She is also a recipient of NHCA’s Threadgill Award for Outstanding Service. She has authored numerous articles on hearing conservation regulatory matters and is co-author of “Workers’ Compensation” in AIHA’s Noise Manual. Susan serves as hearing conservation and regulatory specialist for CavCom, editor of the SoundBytes newsletter, and oversees product development and continuous improvement for manufacturing.
  • James Schrack – Decibullz 
    • Decibullz came about in 2012 as the brainchild of founder Kyle Kirkpatrick, who wanted a way to keep his earphones in his ears while doing all the extreme sports he loved to do while listening to music. Custom earphones existed, but they were expensive and quite a commitment. He got creating and developed a patented thermoplastic molding system that allowed users to shape a material quickly and easily to their individual ear, and remold and reshape as many times as needed at an affordable price point. Quickly the opportunity arose to utilize the same patented thermoplastic molding system to address a gap in the market of hearing protection. Today Decibullz has sold over a million molds into the marketplace providing an affordable, and accessible spin on custom molded earplugs and earpieces. All Decibullz products utilize the same Easy Shape molding system, where the molds are dropped into hot water, left to soften for about 5 minutes and then pressed into the user's ear for a comfortable and snug fit. This simple process can be repeated as many times as needed to achieve the most comfortable and protective fit. The standard NRR31 earplugs come in 6 different colors and have an MSRP of $25.99. They are the number one hunting and shooting earplugs on Amazon for the past several years and are prevalent in the retail sporting goods industry, most big box retailers, and hundreds of independent retailers across the country and abroad. Decibullz has several products within the family that include Acoustic High Fidelity Fillers, Professional High Fidelity filters, Persecutive Shooting filters, and several Acoustic tube radio earpiece adapters. The whole goal of Decibullz is to make custom more accessible to the masses. We want to make it easy to do, affordable, and not such a burdensome process so that more people can experience the benefits of custom.
    • James Schrack is a Colorado native and relentless entrepreneur. He joined the Decibullz team in early 2019 and quickly grew the wholesale side of the blossoming business quickly. James thrives in a scrappy environment and loves to achieve things others see as impossible. His background is not in hearing protection, but rather in taking great new innovative products to market and he quickly latched on to the Decibullz team and vision. He continues to love the atmosphere and really believes in the direction and technology Decibullz has to offer and believes it has a unique fit into the marketplace.
  • Andy Wetjen – Protective Industrial Products (PIP)
    • PIP is a Head to Toe manufacturer of workplace safety PPE specializing in Hand Protection, Above-the-Neck PPE (eye, face, head, hearing), Protective Workwear, and Arc Flash & Electrical Safety. This section of the webinar will provide an overview of the wide-variety of basic hearing protection options discussing: variety and quality vs compliance fit, size options, compatibility with other PPE, and customizations (colors, logos).
      • Andy Wetjen's background is in Industrial Safety Supply products and sales since 1996.
  • Program Level: Beginner

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Topic: Noise Surveys and Evaluating Impulse Noise

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When: May 11, 2023 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST

CEUs: 1-hour CEU (AAA and 0.1 ASHA CEU)

Pricing:
$38 - CAOHC/NHCA members
$50 - Non-members
About the Webinar:

This webinar will address current practices for quantifying workplace noise and how they identify noise-hazardous locations and quantify individual worker noise exposures. The math underlying operation of noise dosimeters is explained with the goal of improving accuracy of automated readings.

Presenters:

  • Charles Jokel - Mr. Charles Jokel received an MS degree in engineering from the University of Texas in 1972, complementing his MAT degree in the teaching of science received from Colgate University in 1969.  Mr. Jokel currently works for the U.S. Army Defense Centers for Public Health in Aberdeen Maryland as a noise control engineer, consulting on Army noise problems and providing expertise on noise issues for the Army Health Hazard Assessment Program.  Prior to joining the Army in 2004, he had worked in private industry as a noise control consultant, specializing in industrial and product noise control.  One of Mr. Jokel’s numerous technical papers in the field of noise control, the NIOSH publication“Industrial Noise Control, revised edition” was one of that agency’s most popular publications.
      • Financial Disclosures
        • None
      • Non-Financial Disclosures
        • None
  • Christopher J. Smalt is a technical staff member in the Human Health & Performance Systems Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. His current work focuses on computational auditory modeling, specifically on mechanisms of hearing damage and the effect of noise exposure on hearing and cognitive performance. As part his research, he has developed a personal noise monitoring system for industrial and tactical environments with combined continuous and impulse noise, as well as taken and analyzed noise data during military training exercises. Dr. Smalt received a BS degree in computer engineering from Clarkson University and earned both MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University
      • Financial Disclosures
        • None
      • Non-Financial Disclosures
        • None

    Moderator:

  • J. Andrew Merkley - Dr. Merkley is an occupational and clinical Audiologist with over 22 years of experience in both national and international workplaces. His experience includes small clinic management to strategic oversight and responsibility for large multi-clinic regions.  His presentation experience includes podium, poster, and full workshop presentations at national and international conferences on topics including hearing health education, process improvement, and management of workplace hearing injuries.  He holds a Master of Science in Communicative Disorders from Utah State University and Doctor of Audiology from Central Michigan University. He holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. He is certified as a Course Director and Professional Supervisor by the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation and also serves as the Council Chair.

Program Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify procedures for performing workplace noise surveys. 

  2. Identify procedures for quantifying workplace noise exposures.

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Topic: Virtual Patient Software

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When: March 30, 2023 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST

CEUs: 1-hour CEU (AAA and 0.1 ASHA CEU)

Pricing:
$38 - CAOHC/NHCA members
$50 - Non-members
About the Webinar:

This session was designed to aid hearing conservationists and educators with the successful application of virtual audiometry and patient simulators during training activities. Several website- and software-based programs have been developed for general diagnostic audiology education, and to date two such website-based tools have been developed specifically to facilitate manual testing technique training for Occupational Hearing Conservationists. The developers of those programs will demonstrate their use, discuss the application of these types of alternative teaching delivery methods, and provide guidance on the development of partial or fully virtual practica in the context of CAOHC training courses.

Presenters:

  • Frank Wartinger, Au.D., ABAC, is an active CAOHC Course Director and the founder of Earmark Hearing Conservation, a music audiology clinic in Philadelphia. He serves on the CAOHC (Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation) Course Director Committee, is an adjunct faculty at Wayne State University, and co-authored the AAA 2020 Clinical Consensus Document “Audiological Services for Musicians and Music Industry Personnel”. He is an active member of the NHCA (National Hearing Conservation Association) Music Induced Hearing Disorders Task Force and served as the NHCA Director of Communications from 2017-2019. Additionally, Dr. Wartinger created and hosts “Talking Ears”, a musician-focused hearing health podcast.

  • Sarah Mouser, Au.D., CCC-A, CPS/A is the owner of Occupational Sound Solutions and an active CAOHC Course Director. She is based in North Carolina however; she manages Hearing Conservation Programs for companies all over the United States. Dr. Mouser is currently licensed in 26 states. In addition, Dr. Mouser owns and operates an Ophthalmology and Clinical Audiology practice, Southeastern Eye Care, PA, with her husband who is an Ophthalmologist.

  • Kirsten McCall, Au.D., CCC-A, CPS/A Practicing as an occupational audiologist for over 25 years, Kirsten’s passion is the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the National Hearing Conservation Association. Kirsten became a certified Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) Course Director in 1994. Dr. McCall teaches numerous initial and recertification courses to nurses, physicians, industrial hygienists, safety personnel, and medical assistants from occupational health clinics. She currently serves on the CAOHC Council, representing ASHA, and is chair of the OHC / CD committee. Kirsten is also a CAOHC-certified Professional Supervisor. As a consulting audiologist to industry, Dr. McCall serves as the Professional Supervisor of numerous hearing conservation programs.  Her responsibilities include audiometric data review and reporting, determination of work-relatedness, compliance audits, and professional supervision of audiometric technicians, hearing loss prevention training, and comprehensive noise surveys.In 2015, Dr. McCall launched her own company, Audiology Consulting and Training. Recreationally, Kirsten’s other passion is golf.

Program Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Operate the available virtual audiometric patient simulators
  2. Employ the tools available to conduct virtual audiometry training in their courses.
  3. Identify the steps required to plan a partially or fully virtual CAOHC practicum training session. 
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