2021/2022 NHCA/CAOHC Webinar Series

The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) has coordinated with the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) to host a NHCA/CAOHC webinar series for 2021/2022.  The series offers high-level webinar content on hot topics and top-notch speakers!   

See pricing below. If you are a member of CAOHC or NHCA enjoy special member pricing and discounts.


Summer/Fall Webinars:

Topic: Boothless Audiometry Technology Overview and Updates

This webinar will be recorded 

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When: September 15, 2022 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST

CEUs not available - No credits of any kind will be offered for viewing this webinar.

Pricing:
$38 - CAOHC/NHCA members
$50 - Non-members
About the Webinar:

Over the past decade, several companies have worked to develop novel platforms to enable hearing assessment outside of the sound booth, to improve accessibility as well as efficiency. Effective solutions must include capabilities to meet additional requirements for specialty populations and markets, including foreign and domestic militaries as well as U.S. veterans. Expanded awareness and knowledge of boothless technologies is needed to inform and accelerate adoption and application of boothless audiometry to provide hearing health services. However, it can be challenging to track technological advancements in boothless audiometry products. This webinar will present an overview of boothless audiometry technologies currently available to the hearing conservation professional. Attendees will be provided overview presentations from participating boothless audiometry representatives and how these specific devices can be used for hearing conservation monitoring audiometry.

Presenters:

  • Laura Prigge is an Application Specialist with GSI. Laura received her Doctorate of Audiology degree from AT Still University. Laura’s 20+ years of experience includes providing manufacturing support for a leading hearing aid manufacturer as well as technical audiology training and support for an international audiologic equipment company. Prior to that, she managed education and training at another hearing aid manufacturer and conducted audiologic evaluations on children, adults, and geriatric patients at a retail hearing center. 

The Automated Method for Testing Auditory Sensitivity, or AMTAS (Grason-Stadler, Inc. [GSI]), is a software program that functions with a GSI audiometer or as a stand-alone system using a tablet (see Figure 2). AMTAS allows a patient to take a self-directed hearing test. The AMTAS diagnostic and screening procedure uses patented test methods and accuracy algorithms researched, developed, implemented, and validated over 10 years.

  • James (Jesse) A. Norris, Ph.D., has a background in biomedical engineering and applied research. Within auditory science, he has studied relationships between attenuation and comfort for custom earplugs; developed algorithms and hardware to support otoacoustic emissions research; and designed and built new hearing test equipment that pairs with mobile devices to increase the reach of hearing health care. He currently works at Edare and has been focused on transitioning hearing related technologies from research into products. He has helped Edare develop a production-ready quality system, register with the FDA, and oversees product development, manufacturing, and support.

The Wireless Automated Hearing Test System, or WAHTS, (Edare) was developed to increase access to hearing health care by eliminating the need for soundproof booth and highly trained personnel (Meinke et al., 2017). The Edare WAHTS device is an FDA-approved device for clinical application. The WAHTS system includes multiple test options, including manual audiometry, manual or automated screening, speech-in-noise testing, and additional tests for research initiatives.

  • Renée Lefrançois obtained her degree in Audiology from the University of Ottawa, Canada in 1999. The first fifteen years of her career focused on cochlear implantation; first as a clinician and then managing the Canadian arm of Advanced Bionics LLC. Renée has also been a seasonal lecturer at the University of Ottawa teaching both full courses and individual modules in Audiology. As a founding member of CanHEAR Uganda (2007), Renée delivered hearing health care services and training in several cities in Uganda. In 2014, Renée joined the SHOEBOX Ltd. team as their Director of Audiology. Having obtained her CAOHC PS(A) certification in November 2018, she has spent the last several years focusing on occupational health and is currently managing the professional supervision and clinical review activities for many occupational health customers. Current areas of interest include occupational health, noise-induced hearing loss, teleaudiology, population health, ototoxicity, and the genetics of hearing loss.

The SHOEBOX audiometer (SHOEBOX, Ltd.) is the first portable, iPad-based audiometer listed as a Class II device by both the U.S. FDA and Health Canada. The SHOEBOX audiometer (see Figure 5) is calibrated to ANSI S3.6-2018 and meets ANSI S3.1-1999 (R2018) for testing outside of a sound booth. It includes options for both manual and automated testing and is designed to be used by audiologists or other trained personnel. SHOEBOX has been clinically validated for use as a diagnostic audiometer even when testing is performed outside of a sound booth. 

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CEUs not available: No credits of any kind will be offered for viewing the recorded version of this webinar.

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Topic: Determining Work Relatedness - Exploring The Gray Areas
This webinar will be recorded

When: July 21, 2022 at 2:00pm ET

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About the Webinar: An important part of occupational safety, and of hearing conservation, is record-keeping. One of the most important, yet often dreaded, records is the OSHA 300 log, which records workplace injuries/ illness. OSHA’s 29 CFR 1904.5 on recordability tells us “You must consider an injury or illness to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing injury or illness”. But multiple factors impact hearing, and hearing monitoring as required by OSHA is non-diagnostic. Some cases may be fairly clearly related, or clearly not related to workplace exposure. But what about the gray areas?

In this webinar, a panel of experienced reviewers will describe OSHA’s standard, and the 2011 NHCA Guidelines for Recording Hearing Loss on the OSHA 300 Log, a set of recommendations on factors to consider in determining work relatedness. The group will then review some sample cases from the “gray area”, where work-relatedness is not so easily decided. We will close with attendees’ opinions on these cases, discussion of their own experiences, and any questions they may have.

Presenters: 

  • Laura Kauth, MA, CCC-A, CPS/A has no relevant financial information to disclose. MS Kauth discloses her relevant non-financial relationship as a representative of NHCA as director of education.

  • Dr. Raúl A. Mirza has no relevant financial information to disclose. Dr. Mirza discloses his relevant non-financial relationship as chair of the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC).

  • Dr. Mary M. McDaniels has no relevant financial or non-financial information to disclose. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe OSHA’s basis for determining recordability.
  • Identify factors which should and should not be considered in determining work relatedness.
  • Apply this knowledge in assessing potentially recordable losses.

CEUs available:  1-hour CEU (AAA and 0.1 ASHA CEU)

No credits of any kind will be offered for viewing the recorded version of this webinar.

Pricing: 
NHCA and CAOHC members: $38
Non-members: $50

Topic: Effective Hearing Conservation Messaging and Motivation

This webinar will not be recorded

When: May 19, 2022 at 2:00pm ET

About the Webinar: Regulations specify that workers in hearing conservation programs must be trained and what content must be covered. However, there is great latitude towards how training is done which offers the opportunity to develop engaging and effective training. Hearing conservationists may strengthen the educational impact on workers by incorporating adult learning principles and considering a public health approach to shape workers’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. This webinar will address the science and art of enhancing hearing conservation training and education with the goal of motivating noise-exposed workers toward better hearing health care. It will include some theory, practical “ears-on” interactive techniques, and highlight the benefits of hearing protector fit testing to help boost training effectiveness. 

Presenter: 
Lauraine (“Laurie”) Wells, Au.D. 

Presenter disclosure:
Lauraine ("Lauire") Wells, Au.D has no relevant financial information to disclose. Ms. Wells discloses her relevant non-financial relationship as former chair on the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) Council.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe at least one interactive tool which may be included in occupational hearing conservation program training 
  • Identify a technology that can be used to help satisfy regulatory training requirements

CEUs available:  1-hour CEU (AAA and 0.1 ASHA CEU)

No credits of any kind will be offered for viewing the recorded version of this webinar.

Pricing: 
NHCA and CAOHC members: $38
Non-members: $50

Topic: Professional Supervisor Panel Discussion

When: January 20, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET 

About the Webinar: The Professional Supervisor is a key, necessary, and often misunderstood member of the hearing conservation team.  This presentation brings experienced Professional Supervisors from across the United States together to discuss the roles, responsibilities, scope of practice, and practice requirements across a variety of hearing conservation programs.  The discussion will include practice as a private professional services provider, on-site In-house provider, remote service provider, and a provider covering hearing conservation programs across a variety of regulatory agencies.  

Presenters: 

LTC J. Andrew Merkley, AuD CCC-A CPS/A
Disclosure: John (Andy) Merkley has no relevant financial information to disclose. LTC Merkley discloses his relevant non-financial relationship as a representative of the Military Audiology Association on the CAOHC Council. For teaching CAOHC courses, when representing the Military, LTC Merkley cannot accept an honorarium for his participation as an instructor. When teaching on his own time, he receives an honorarium for his participation as an instructor.

Theresa H. Small, AuD CPS/A
Disclosure: Theresa H. Small, Au.D., CPS/Ahas no relevant financial information to disclose. Dr. Small discloses her relevant non-financial relationship as a representative of AAA on the CAOHC Council. When teaching for CAOHC, she receives an honorarium for her participation as an instructor.

Program Level:
 Intermediate

Learning Objectives: 

  • Explain the difference between the Hearing Conservation Program Manager and the Professional Supervisor.
  • Describe the relationship between the professional supervisor and audiometric technician.
  • Define the responsibilities of the Professional Supervisor with regard to federal, state, local, and company-specific regulations.

CEUs: 

1 hour CEU (AAA and ASHA)
No CEUs offered for home study.
Pricing: 
NHCA and CAOHC members: $38
Non-members: $50
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Topic: Hearing Protection Devices 101 - Fit Testing 

When: December 9, 2021 at 2:15 pm ET 

About the Webinar: This webinar will introduce the concept of HPD Fit-Testing, its application to current hearing conservation programs, the various commercially available HPD Fit-Test methodologies. Finally, a number of lessons learned regarding HPD fit-testing from the Regional Hearing Conservation Program of Record at the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory (NSMRL) will be discussed. The intended audience are hearing conservation professionals (e.g., technicians, audiologists, occupational health service providers) who are interested in expanding their field of practice to include HPD fit-testing. 

Presenter: 
Stephanie J. Karch, 
Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A 
Disclosure: No financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Program Level: Entry-level 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify the differences in HPD fit-test methods. 
  • Identify how a Personal Attenuation Rating can be used to determine an appropriate and adequate HPD for the work environment. 
  • Recognize the different applications for HPD fit-testing in a Hearing Conservation Program. 

CEUs: 
No CEUs for live or homestudy

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