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2014 Spectrum Fall Issue
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NHCA Approaching 40th Anniversary

By Kim Schwartz
NHCA Executive Director

The National Hearing Conservation Association is approaching its 40th anniversary, and there is no time like the present to become more involved as a member or share all the benefits of belonging to an organization dedicated to hearing conservation with a colleague, friend, or business acquaintance.

“This membership offer is a way to introduce the NHCA family to those who have thought of joining NHCA before but just never have,” said NHCA Executive Director, Kim Schwartz. “Our hope is that new members and existing members alike can improve their skills, practices, and services by associating with each other. Fresh ideas and new connections can benefit everyone.”

The mission of the NHCA is to prevent hearing loss due to noise and other environmental factors in all sectors of society. NHCA is a network of leading experts, early adopters, and trendsetters in the field of hearing conservation and hosts one of the best networking opportunities in the field through its annual conference.

The 2015 annual conference will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Astor Crowne Plaza from Thursday, February 19th to Saturday, February 21st.

The schedule on Thursday consists of workshops focusing on the basics of hearing loss prevention, new product offerings, tinnitus, cell death associated with hazardous noise, assessment of hearing protection attenuation, a forum for professional service providers, and the opportunity to sign up for a CAOHC Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring Program workshop.

Friday attendees will gain knowledge from a wide variety of research presentations and a keynote address focusing on “Stories, characters, and events from a peripatetic journey through 75 years of hearing conservation, and the role of NHCA.” The luncheon speaker, Johnny Random, will both educate and amuse attendees with his knowledge of composing music with found objects. Saturday will open with the opportunity to chat about hot industry topics during breakfast round table discussions followed by breakouts focusing on hearing protection, fit testing, firearms, and noise control. The meeting will then conclude with additional research presentations.

Time will also be set aside during the conference to network in a more social atmosphere. On Friday evening, attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow industry leaders while touring the historic French Quarter on a guided walking tour. The tour will end at a reception hosted in the same ballroom that hosted the Victory Ball for the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. You, too, can stand on the same balcony where Andrew Jackson stood and addressed his victorious American Army.

Everyone in the industry can benefit from an NHCA membership. Join NHCA or become more involved with the mission to prevent hearing loss. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Act now by becoming a member or spreading the word. The complimentary membership offer will expire on February 21, 2015. Please visit the following links:




National Hearing Conservation Association
12011 Tejon Street, Suite 700
Westminster, CO 80234
Phone: 303-224-9022
Fax: 303-458-0002