2021/2022 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 2021/2022.  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.


Summer/Fall Webinars:

Topic: Determining Work Relatedness - Exploring The Gray Areas
This webinar will be recorded

When: July 21, 2022 at 2:00pm ET

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About the Webinar: An important part of occupational safety, and of hearing conservation, is record-keeping. One of the most important, yet often dreaded, records is the OSHA 300 log, which records workplace injuries/ illness. OSHA’s 29 CFR 1904.5 on recordability tells us “You 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”. But multiple factors impact hearing, and hearing monitoring as required by OSHA is non-diagnostic. Some cases may be fairly clearly related, or clearly not related to workplace exposure. But what about the gray areas?

In this webinar, a panel of experienced reviewers will describe OSHA’s standard, and the 2011 NHCA Guidelines for Recording Hearing Loss on the OSHA 300 Log, a set of recommendations on factors to consider in determining work relatedness. The group will then review some sample cases from the “gray area”, where work-relatedness is not so easily decided. We will close with attendees’ opinions on these cases, discussion of their own experiences, and any questions they may have.

Presenters: 

  • Laura Kauth, MA, CCC-A, CPS/A has no relevant financial information to disclose. MS Kauth discloses her relevant non-financial relationship as a representative of NHCA as director of education.

  • Dr. Raúl A. Mirza has no relevant financial information to disclose. Dr. Mirza discloses his relevant non-financial relationship as chair of the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC).

  • Dr. Mary M. McDaniels has no relevant financial or non-financial information to disclose. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe OSHA’s basis for determining recordability.
  • Identify factors which should and should not be considered in determining work relatedness.
  • Apply this knowledge in assessing potentially recordable losses.

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

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

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

Topic: Effective Hearing Conservation Messaging and Motivation

This webinar will not be recorded

When: May 19, 2022 at 2:00pm ET

About the Webinar: Regulations specify that workers in hearing conservation programs must be trained and what content must be covered. However, there is great latitude towards how training is done which offers the opportunity to develop engaging and effective training. Hearing conservationists may strengthen the educational impact on workers by incorporating adult learning principles and considering a public health approach to shape workers’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. This webinar will address the science and art of enhancing hearing conservation training and education with the goal of motivating noise-exposed workers toward better hearing health care. It will include some theory, practical “ears-on” interactive techniques, and highlight the benefits of hearing protector fit testing to help boost training effectiveness. 

Presenter: 
Lauraine (“Laurie”) Wells, Au.D. 

Presenter disclosure:
Lauraine ("Lauire") Wells, Au.D has no relevant financial information to disclose. Ms. Wells discloses her relevant non-financial relationship as former chair on the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) Council.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe at least one interactive tool which may be included in occupational hearing conservation program training 
  • Identify a technology that can be used to help satisfy regulatory training requirements

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

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

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

Topic: Professional Supervisor Panel Discussion

When: January 20, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET 

About the Webinar: The Professional Supervisor is a key, necessary, and often misunderstood member of the hearing conservation team.  This presentation brings experienced Professional Supervisors from across the United States together to discuss the roles, responsibilities, scope of practice, and practice requirements across a variety of hearing conservation programs.  The discussion will include practice as a private professional services provider, on-site In-house provider, remote service provider, and a provider covering hearing conservation programs across a variety of regulatory agencies.  

Presenters: 

LTC J. Andrew Merkley, AuD CCC-A CPS/A
Disclosure: John (Andy) Merkley has no relevant financial information to disclose. LTC Merkley discloses his relevant non-financial relationship as a representative of the Military Audiology Association on the CAOHC Council. For teaching CAOHC courses, when representing the Military, LTC Merkley cannot accept an honorarium for his participation as an instructor. When teaching on his own time, he receives an honorarium for his participation as an instructor.

Theresa H. Small, AuD CPS/A
Disclosure: Theresa H. Small, Au.D., CPS/Ahas no relevant financial information to disclose. Dr. Small discloses her relevant non-financial relationship as a representative of AAA on the CAOHC Council. When teaching for CAOHC, she receives an honorarium for her participation as an instructor.

Program Level:
 Intermediate

Learning Objectives: 

  • Explain the difference between the Hearing Conservation Program Manager and the Professional Supervisor.
  • Describe the relationship between the professional supervisor and audiometric technician.
  • Define the responsibilities of the Professional Supervisor with regard to federal, state, local, and company-specific regulations.

CEUs: 

1 hour CEU (AAA and ASHA)
No CEUs offered for home study.
Pricing: 
NHCA and CAOHC members: $38
Non-members: $50
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Topic: Hearing Protection Devices 101 - Fit Testing 

When: December 9, 2021 at 2:15 pm ET 

About the Webinar: This webinar will introduce the concept of HPD Fit-Testing, its application to current hearing conservation programs, the various commercially available HPD Fit-Test methodologies. Finally, a number of lessons learned regarding HPD fit-testing from the Regional Hearing Conservation Program of Record at the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory (NSMRL) will be discussed. The intended audience are hearing conservation professionals (e.g., technicians, audiologists, occupational health service providers) who are interested in expanding their field of practice to include HPD fit-testing. 

Presenter: 
Stephanie J. Karch, 
Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A 
Disclosure: No financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Program Level: Entry-level 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify the differences in HPD fit-test methods. 
  • Identify how a Personal Attenuation Rating can be used to determine an appropriate and adequate HPD for the work environment. 
  • Recognize the different applications for HPD fit-testing in a Hearing Conservation Program. 

CEUs: 
No CEUs for live or homestudy

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