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Upcoming Webinars - An Advantage of NHCA!!

Posted: May 5, 2021

The 2021 NHCA/CAOHC webinar series is underway! Mark your calendars and register for two upcoming workshops. CEUs are available from AAA and ASHA for attendance of live programs. NHCA members pay a reduced rate. Previous webinars are available on demand for home study.  To learn more and register, click here:  https://www.hearingconservation.org/nhca-caohc-webinar-series

TopicAge Adjustment in Occupational Hearing Conservation Programs
When: May 13, 2021 at 2 pm EST 
About the Webinar: The tables used by OSHA to adjust occupational audiograms for the effects of age were developed over 50 years ago. In this presentation, we describe new data that suggest the OSHA tables over-adjust for age effects, resulting in reduced sensitivity to detection of noise-induced hearing loss.
Presenters: Greg Flamme, Ph.D. and Kristy Deiters, Au.D.

TopicImpulsive Noise: Understanding, Measuring, and Assessing
When: June 17, 2021 at 2 pm EST 
About the Webinar: Exposures to high-level impulsive noises such as collisions of objects, firearms, or explosions significantly increase the risk for developing noise-induced hearing loss. Understanding technological limitations and learning about specific techniques for capturing and measuring impulse noise can result in more accurate and repeatable data.
Presenter: Donald Finan, Ph.D.
 

Call for Nominations 2022 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards™

Posted: May 5, 2021

Do you work with or for a company that has adopted a “no tolerance” attitude toward occupational hearing loss (OHL)? Has it developed innovative approaches towards OHL prevention? If so, that organization may be a great candidate for a Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award™!

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Safe-in-Sound™ program. The awards are presented by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) and NHCA to recognize excellence in hearing loss prevention and to disseminate leading edge information from successful efforts to minimize the negative effects of noise.

The deadline for third-party nominations is June 8th, 2021 and for self-nomination is July 15, 2021. Additional information is available at www.safeinsound.us.
 

In Memoriam - Donald C. Gasaway

Posted: May 5, 2021

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of one of our most beloved members, Don Gasaway, on Monday April 5, 2021.  Many of us were friends of Don, students of Don, disciples of Don.  Don was the reason for the establishment of NHCA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and its first recipient. For those of you who attended our 2019 conference, you were graced with the opportunity to hear Don orate from the “pulpit” and impart his zeal for that work we do. Elliott Berger will share a full obituary in an upcoming issue of the Spectrum. Meanwhile, Don’s family suggests that contributions his friends wish to make should be directed to the NHCA Scholarship Foundation.

 

Call for New Spectrum Editor

Posted: May 5, 2021


Our dear Spectrum Editor, Nancy Wojcik, is hanging up her quill after our May issue. As such, we will need a new Editor or Co-Editors. This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to NHCA and the field of hearing conservation, and for professional development. You will not be alone! In addition to support from our Director of Communication, our outgoing Editor has graciously agreed to mentor our new Editor or Co-Editors. Thank you Nancy! If you are interested in the position, please email your resume to Liz Masterson at [email protected].

 

NIDCD Director Comments on Oscar-winning Film

Posted: May 5, 2021

Debara Tucci, MD, MS, Director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), has posted a public comment regarding the award-winning film “Sound of Metal.” While recognizing the artistic achievements of the film and its value for bringing attention to the impact of severe hearing loss, Dr. Tucci expresses some concerns: “While not entirely inaccurate, the film errs in making key points, and this depiction may discourage many who could benefit from seeking care.” Read More

 
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