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Best Practices Guidelines for Safely Conducting Hearing Testing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

NHCA initiated a Task Force for developing guidance to safely conduct hearing testing during the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The intent of this document is to provide a “Best Practices” guidance to Hearing Testing Professionals to help minimize their risk of SARS CoV-2 infection through person-to-person spread within occupational health clinics, company in-house testing and mobile test environments. Information within this document is based upon current knowledge, CDC guidance and common sense all of which are subject to change as we learn more about COVID-19.

To view the guidelines, CLICK HERE! (.pdf)


Special Issue of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America: COVID-19 Pandemic Acoustic Effects

Call For Papers!

Due to COVID-19 The International Year of Sound has, mostly unfortunately, turned into an International Year of Quiet, at least as far as anthropogenic sound is concerned. We, as a scientific and technical community specializing in acoustics, should take note of this sudden and drastic change and do our part to chronicle it as precisely as possible.  COVID-19 has had enormously wide-ranging effects, including strong acoustic effects. 

It is the intent of this issue to quickly publish both specific and general pieces on in-air, in-water, and in-ground measurements of ambient sound (over as complete a frequency spectrum as possible), and the effects of the changed soundscape on people and animals. Time series and geographically differing looks over the lifetime of the event are especially desirable, if available.

Please CLICK HERE to learn more. 


Scientists Developing App Based on Sound of COVID-19 Cough

Scientists say they can distinguish the sound of a COVID-19 cough. Researchers with the Embedded Systems Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne are developing a diagnostic test on a smartphone app that works by "listening" to the sound of the user's cough.

To learn more, CLICK HERE


2021 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award Nominations

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Hearing Conservation Association and the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation are now inviting nominations to the 2021 Safe-In-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award. The nomination deadline is June 8, 2020

For more information and to submit your nominations, CLICK HERE


Member Discussion Forums

Just as a reminder, the Member Discussion Forums are a GREAT member benefit that we hope every member will take advantage of. Don't know what they are for? You can tell us your ideas. Pose your inquiries. How are you problem-solving what you’ve encountered? What problem(s) need resolving? What new or revised policy decisions will you be implementing? Is there anything we can do in the name of NHCA that will strengthen your voice in the hearing conservation population you serve and beyond? And so much more.

CLICK HERE for instructions on how to access Member Discussion Forums. To access these forums, members must login to their profile on the NHCA website.

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