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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,


Submit a Proposal to Speak at the NHCA 2021 Virtual Conference! 

Submission deadline is TOMORROW, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th, 2020.

Due to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHCA conference format for 2021 will be virtual.  We want to hear from you about topic(s) that you want to present at the NHCA 2021 Virtual Conference

Topics/contents may include research such as data mining, practice management, ethics, etc. Consider submissions related to COVID-19 such as:

  • How are you managing your business through the pandemic?
  • Did you innovate new procedures or modify current procedures?
  • Teleservices.

NHCA will only be accepting electronic submissions. 

For more information & to submit your proposal, CLICK HERE


Hearing Research - Current Insights

  • Brian Moore has recently published a review of the unique audiometric characteristics of hearing loss demonstrated by noise-exposed military veterans. Moore, Brian C.J. (2020). Diagnosis and quantification of military noise-induced hearing loss, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 148, 884.

  • NIOSH researchers, along with a world-wide consortium of colleagues, have published an evaluation of ISO Standard 1999 (2013) predictions of noise-induced permanent threshold shift (NIPTS) in workers exposed to various types of high-intensity noise levels, and the role of the kurtosis metric in assessing noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Zhang et al. (2020). New Metrics Needed in the Evaluation of Hearing Hazard Associated With Industrial Noise Exposure, Ear and Hearing: August 19, 2020 – Published Online Ahead of Print.

UKHCA Newsletter

Our sister organization, UKHCA, has begun publishing their own newsletter. To see what they are doing in the UK, click here to download their latest newsletter! 

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