In The News

Deadline EXTENDED For Student Research & Student Conference Award Applications! 

Posted: October 7, 2020

The National Hearing Conservation Association Scholarship Foundation (NHCASF) is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of Student Research Awards and Student Conference Awards for the 2021 NHCA conference, which will be held virtually!

Submission Deadline Extended to October 16, 2020

Click Here to learn more!


New! NHCA Annual Sponsorship with Virtual Conference Benefits

Posted: October 7, 2020

We are excited to announce a major change in how NHCA partners with our Sponsors/Commercial Members! We are now offering an annual sponsorship that includes commercial membership(s), all of the great conference-related benefits and exhibitor opportunities (virtual in 2021), PLUS year-round opportunities for reaching the unique audience of NHCA members!

On Thursday, October 15th, we are hosting a Sponsor Webinar to share information about our new annual sponsorship packages (including the 2021 virtual conference benefits) and to hear your feedback! Join us to learn about the new program and to share your ideas for a stronger partnership! 

Click Here to learn more & register for the Sponsor Webinar!


Ear-Cleaning Poetry Contest

Posted: October 7, 2020

In the last issue of the Spectrum, NHCA announced the Ear-Cleaning Poetry Contest.  You were asked to find or create your favorite poems with an explicit focus on sounds and the soundscape.  The goal is to elevate our hearing awareness and to discover a fabulous sound poem to be read at next year’s conference.  We are still eager to hear from you!

NHCA Members can login here to access Spectrum Vol. 37 Issue 1 and view page 12, which has more information on the contest. 


Hearing Research - Current Insights 

Posted: October 7, 2020 

  • A recent NIOSH publication concludes that large numbers of workers within the services work sector have an elevated risk of hearing loss and need immediate hearing conservation efforts. A number of sub-sectors studied had adjusted risks significantly higher than expected, even some traditionally viewed as ‘low-risk’ for hearing loss.

Sekhom, Masterson, and Themann (2020). Prevalence of hearing loss among noise-exposed workers within the services sector, 2006–2015. International Journal of Audiology.

  • DoD Hearing Conservation Program evaluation has historically been limited to service-specific hearing metrics. In a recent article published on the Military Health System website, researchers present findings from the first review of audiometric data according to the Measures of Effectiveness developed by the DoD Hearing Conservation Working Group in 2018.

Batchelor, Wolff, McKenna and Williams, Hearing Conservation Measures of Effectiveness Across the Department of Defense,, published online July 1, 2020.


Sound Postcard

Posted: October 7, 2020

For your audio interlude of the day,  click here to marvel at the haunting sounds of the Lamar Valley Wolves in Yellowstone National Park. To read more about the National Park Service and the work of their Natural Sounds & Night Skies Division, check out “Sound Profiles” in our most recent issue of Spectrum.

(Photo credit: Jacob Frank,

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