In The News

News from Your NHCA Executive Council (EC)

Posted: August 4, 2021

Periodically, your EC will now be sharing updates through E-News. We hope you enjoy.

  • NHCA has joined the United Kingdom Hearing Conservation Association (UKHCA) as a "company" member. NHCA President Theresa Schulz was invited to a meeting of the UKHCA “At Work” Special Interest Group. More international collaboration to come…
  • With input from members and review from the Recreational Firearms Task Force, NHCA updated its prior letter of support for the Hearing Protection Act and it was provided to Congress.  The updated letter will soon be posted on the NHCA Web site under > Resources  >NHCA Position Statements.
  • An international hearing protector fit-testing symposium is in the works, and will likely occur around Fall 2022. Ideas on topics, speakers and logistics are welcome…please email Laurie Wells at [email protected]. Stay tuned for more details!

Student Scholarships Available for 2022

Posted: August 4, 2021

The National Hearing Conservation Association Scholarship Foundation (NHCASF) is pleased to announce availability of Student Research Awards and Student Conference Awards for 2022. Applications and letters of recommendation are due by Friday, October 15, 2021. For more information on eligibility and award details, and to apply, click here.



Hearing Research – Current Insights

Posted: August 4, 2021

  • NIOSH researchers react to public media coverage of Brood X cicadas as an opportunity to clear up common misunderstandings of noise exposures and risk of noise-induced hearing loss. A must read for all: “Noise Myths Debunked – Fact and Fiction Behind all the Cicada Buzz.” NIOSH Science Blog posted July 20, 2021 by NIOSH Noise and Bio-Acoustics Team.

  • Check out these new estimates of hearing loss prevalence by global region, severity, age and some causes, brought to you by the authors of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study. The GBD Study is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization. Population-representative surveys on hearing loss prevalence from 1990 to 2019 were analyzed, indicating 1 in 5 (over 1.5 billion) people globally have some form of hearing loss.

    GBD 2019 Hearing Loss Collaborators (2021). Hearing loss prevalence and years lived with disability, 1990-2019: findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019, Lancet 2021, 397: 996-1009. DOI:
  • Healthy People is a 10-year public health initiative coordinated by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Healthy People 2030, the initiative’s fifth release, includes priorities for increasing the use of hearing protection around loud noise and reducing hearing loss in the general population. To view goals and data for communication disorders, click here.

Sound Postcard

Posted: August 4, 2021

Feeling bored or down? Check out the Joy Generator, a project conceived and hosted by National Public Radio. The project is based on scientific findings of emotions, and the premise that “Small doses of daily delight can shift our focus away from our worries and give more opportunity for joy to arise.” To explore poetry, cute images, nature and other soothing sounds, click here.



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

Posted: July 7, 2021

Has your company or organization developed an innovative approach toward occupational hearing loss prevention? If so, you may be a great candidate for the 2022 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award™. 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 programs. 
Self-nominations are now being accepted through July 15, 2021. Additional information is available at

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