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NHCA 2018 Schedule of Events:
Caribe Royale/February 15-17, 2018!
*Subject to change

Poster Presentations for 2018

Presentation Title

Accuracy of NIOSH SLM and Sound Level Analyzer Lite Sound Level Meter Apps for iPhone
Presenter: Kaitlin Palmer, Co-Presenters: Tess A. Zaccardi, Sarah K. Grinn, Colleen G. Le Prell

Advancements on an Active Hearing Protection Device for Musicians
Presenter: Antoine Bernier

Assessing Auditory Localization with Hearing Protection: A Screening Measure
Presenter: Angelique Scharine, Co-Presenter: Morgan C. Domanico

Attenuation Using High Fidelity Hearing Protection Devices
Presenter: Tess A. Zaccardi, Co-Presenters: Kaitlin Palmer, Sarah K. Grinn, Colleen G. Le Prell

Audiometric Notches and Hearing Loss in Adolescents: Analyses of NHANES 2007-2010
Presenter: Yulia Carroll, Co-Presenter: Franco Scinicariello

Bus Noise and Annoyance: What Drivers and Collectors Think About.
Presenter: Teresa Maria Momensohn-Santos

Concomitant Head/Neck Muscle Activity and Middle Ear Muscle Contractions
Presenter: Stephen M. Tasko

Dangerous Decibels Programme Implementation in Brazil
Presenter: Adriana Bender Moreira de Lacerda, Co-Presenter: Lys Maria Allenstein Gondim

Effect of Helmet Visor Length on Hockey Officials Exposure to Whistle Noise
Presenter: Karin L. Adams

Evaluation of Noise Exposures and Hearing Loss at a Hammer Forge Company
Presenter: William J. Murphy, Co-Presenter: Scott E. Brueck

Following the Tech Tide
Presenter: Kan Sun

Hawkeyes Wear Their HawkEars- A Healthy Hearing Initiative at The University of Iowa
Presenter: Kevin Kock, Co-Presenter: Stephanie M. Fleckenstein

Hearing Hazards at Church: Trials & Tribulations of Awareness & Hearing Loss Prevention
Presenter: Jan A. Moore

Hearing Health Education Programs for Rural Youth: Lessons Learned From Recent Studies
Presenter: Khalid M. Khan, Co-Presenter: Marjorie McCullagh

Hearing Impairment and Audiometric Configurations as Predictive Factors of Presbyacusis Decline
Presenter: Christina Hederstierna, Co-Presenters: Ulf Rosenhall, Esma Idrizbegovic

In-ear and On-body Measurements of Impulse Noise Exposure
Presenter: William J. Murphy

Influence of Environmental Noise in Reading
Presenter: Teresa Maria Momensohn-Santos

Integrating Audiological Assessment in Farm & Tractor Safety Training
Presenter: Jan A. Moore

Middle Ear Muscle Activity Associated with Mastication
Presenter: Madeline V. Smith, Co-Presenter: Stephen M. Tasko

Music Induced Hearing Loss in Band Students and Directors: A Review of the Literature
Presenter: Hannah Speaks, Co-Presenter: Sherilyn Adler

Noise-Dose Variability Demonstrated with Inside-Ear Probe Microphone Measurements
Presenter: Sarah K. Grinn, Co-Presenter: Katie Palmer, Tess A. Zaccardi

OHC Training Using Alternative Instruction Mmethods
Presenter: John A. Merkley, Co-Presenter: Kim J. Stanton

Output Levels of Volume-Limiting Earphones
Presenter: Caleb Kronen, Co-Presenter: Cory Portnuff

Perception, Attitude, and Knowledge of Hearing Health Among Two Groups of Young Farm Workers From Rural Indiana
Presenter: Sylvanna L. Bielko, Co-Presenter Khalid M. Khan

Plugs in the Clubs: An independent audit of San Francisco's Earplug Ordinance
Presenter: Elon Ullman

Tactical Communication and Protective Systems - Saving Hearing and Enhancing Mission Success
Presenter: John A. Merkley

The Effects of Hunting on the Canine Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response
Presenter: Kori Zedaker

The Subjective Wearer Comfort and Sound Attenuation Performance: a Comparison between Custom-moulded Earplugs Made by Manual and 3D-printing Processing
Presenter: Cheng-Yu Ho

Time to Change Direction: Advocate for a Total Worker Hearing Health Program versus the Status Quo
Presenter: Kathy E. Gates, Co-Presenter: Vickie L. Tuten

Usability Study of the War fighter
Presenter: Kelly Watts

Use of Hearing Protection among Noise-Exposed Populations in the US: What Can National Surveys Tell Us?
Presenter: Christa L. Themann

Using Smart Devices to Measure Intermittent Noise in the Workplace
Presenter: Ben Roberts

Thursday, February 15, 2017

7:30am - 5:30pm    Registration and Information Desk Open  
7:30am - 8:30am  Breakfast  
8:30am - 9:45am  Morning Workshops    
9:45am - 10:15am  Morning Break  
10:15am -11:30pm  Morning Workshops  
11:30am - 1:00pm  Lunch (on your own)    
1:00pm - 2:15pm Afternoon Workshops    
2:15pm - 2:45pm  Afternoon Break  
2:45pm - 4:00pm Afternoon Workshops    
4:00pm - 5:00pm  Committee Meetings and Networking  
5:30pm - 8:30pm  Exhibitor's Reception   
5:30pm - 8:30pm  Poster Session
All Day
Workshop 2
All Day
Workshop3  Workshop 4 Workshop 5
8:30am to 9:45am The Basics Forensics and Expert Witnessing for the Acoustician-Audiologist-M.D.-Engineer
John Casali
Robert A. Dobie, Dennis P. Driscoll, Michael F. Seidemann

The Art of Presentation

Elliott Berger

Fit Testing

William Murphy
PSP Workshop
 Break 9:45am to 10:15am
10:15am - 11:30am  The Basics



John Casali



The Art of Presentation
Elliott Berger



Fit Testing
William Murphy


PSP Workshop
  Break 11:30am to 1:00pm
 1:00pm - 2:15pm  The Basics Forensics
John Casali

Audio for Audiologists
Benji Kanters

Suppressors, Hearing Protection and Hearing Conservation
Ryan Scott

 Break 2:15pm to 2:45pm
 2:45pm - 4:00pm  The Basics Forensics
John Casali

Audio for Audiologists
Benji Kanters

Suppressors, Hearing Protection and Hearing Conservation
Ryan Scott



Friday, February 16, 2018

7:00am - 5:30pm

Registration Open

7:00am - 8:00am

Continental Breakfast



8:00am - 8:15am

Welcome and opening remarks

8:15am - 8:45am Key Note: The Ear Beyond Hearing: From Digital Earplugs to In-Ear Brain Computer Interfaces
Presenter: Jeremie Voix
8:45am - 9:05am Knowing Your Noise Can Change Attitudes to Hearing Health and Increase Likelihood of Healthy Hearing Behaviours: Evaluation of a HEARsmart Project
Presenter: Elizabeth Beach

9:05am - 9:25AM

Hidden Hearing Loss? Effects of Recreational Noise on Evoked Potential Amplitude and Other Auditory Test Metrics 
Presenter: Colleen G. Le Prell

9:25am - 9:45am

Bringing Best Practices in Hearing Conservation to a Wider Audience
Presenter: Ted Madison, Co-Presenter: Laurie Wells

9:45am - 10:05am


10:05am - 10:25am

Hearing Conservation Program Costs and Effectiveness
Presenter: Rick Neitzel

10:25am - 10:45am

Learning to Localize with Advanced Hearing Protectors and TCAPS - Can Equivalent Open Ear Performance ever be Reached and How?
Presenter: Kichol Lee, Co-Presenter: Dr. John Casali

10:45am - 11:05am

Localization of Reverse Alarms with Passive and Level-Dependent Hearing Protectors
Presenter: Chantal Laroche, Co-Presenters: Christian Giguère, Véronique Vaillancourt, Manuelle Bibeau, Emily Gula, Véronique Carroll, Claudia Marleau, Marie-France Cadieux, Karina Laprise-Girard

11:05am - 11:25am Hearing Protector Attenuation and Noise Exposure Among Metal Manufacturing Workers
Presenter: Stephanie K. Sayler

11:25am - 11:45am

NHCA Business Meeting

11:45am -1:00pm

Luncheon Speaker - Charles Spence 
Sound bites & sonic seasoning

1:20pm -2:20pm

The “Make Listening Safe” Campaign by the World Health Organization (WHO): Considerations and Recommendations
Presenters: Rick Neitzel, Deanna Meinke.  Facilitator: Colleen G. Le Prell 

2:20pm - 2:40pm

Loudness in the Occluded Ear Canal: Are We Still Missing 6 dB?
Presenter: Fabien Bonnet

2:40pm- 3:00pm

Ambient Noise in the Sound Booth During Audiometry
Presenter: Gregory Flamme

3:00pm - 3:30PM


3:30pm - 3:50pm

Kids Nowadays Hear Better Than We Did
Presenter: Robert A. Dobie, Co-Presenter: Howard J. Hoffman

3:50pm - 4:10pm  Evolution of the FitCheck! Hearing Protection Device (HPD) Field Attenuation Estimation System (FAES)
Presenter: William A. Ahroon

4:10pm - 4:30pm  Validation of Clinical Techniques for Verification of Uniform Attenuation Earplugs
Presenter: Cory Portnuff

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards
Presenter: Thais Morata, Co-Presenter: Deanna Meinke

5:00pm - 6:15pm

Break/Committee Meetings/Networking Time

5:00pm - 6:15pm

Student and New Member Meet and Greet

6:15pm -9:30pm

Friday Night Event

Saturday, February 17, 2018

7:00am - 5:30pm

Registration Open

7:00am - 7:45am

Exhibits / Poster Session

7:45am -8:45am

Breakfast Round Table

8:45am – 8:55am

Interim Break

Breakout 1:
Military/ Firearm

Breakout 2:
Impulse Noise

Breakout 3:

9:00am - 9:20am

Risk Factors Associated with Tinnitus, and Hearing Loss in Current and Recently Separated Service Members Across Military Branches
Presenter: James A. Henry
Susan Griest, Cody Blankenship, Rozela Melgoza

Laboratory Conditioning of Middle Ear Muscle Contractions

Gregory Flamme

Musicians with Conventional Noise Notches have Poorer Extended High Frequency Sensitivity
Heather Malyuk

Michael Santucci

9:20am - 9:40am

Landing On The Roof - Revisited
Presenter: Kurt Yankaskas

Generalizability of Clinically-Measured Acoustic Reflexes to Brief Sounds
Kristy K Deiters

OSHA meets NIHL Music Venue Sited as Occupational Hearing Hazard The Challenge of Being a Hearing Conscious Sound Engineer
Presenter: Benji Kanters

9:40am - 10:00am

Auditory Hazards of Bullet N-wav Exposure
Presenter: Gregory Flamme

Estimating personnel noise exposure from impulsive noise when hearing protection devices are worn: IPIL vs. NRSA Presenter:
Hillary Gallagher

An Exploratory Survey of Sound Levels in New York City Restaurants and Bars
Presenter: Greg Farmer

10:00am - 10:30am


Breakout 4:
Prevention and Education

10:30am - 10:50am

Noise Control on US Navy Aircraft Carriers - Methodology and Results
Jeffrey M. Komrower

Continuous Monitoring of Otoacoustic Emissions : A Tool to Prevent Hearing Loss
Presenter: Vincent Nadon

10:50am - 11:10am

MILSINT: Development of a Military Sound Recognition in Noise
Presenter: Jennifer Tufts

Visit Whisperwell and Explore the "Song of the Star Bird”
Presenter: Deanna K. Meinke,
Co-Presenters: Matthew P. Ueckermann, Odile H. Clavier,

11:10am -11: 30am

The Attenuation of Firearm Suppressors as a Function of Angle and Bullet Velocity
William J Murphy

Jolene’s Musical Instrument Adventure
Cameron J Fackler
Co-Presenter: Donald S. Finan

11:30am - 11:50am

Extended High Frequency Pure Tone Audiometric Outcomes in Youth Firearm Users
Shana Laffoon

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Efforts in Preventing Non-Work Related Hearing Lloss
Yulia Carroll
Co-Presenters: John Eichwald

11:50am - 1:05pm

Hosted Luncheon and Awards

1:05pm - 2:15pm

Exhibit Hall and Poster

2:15pm - 2:45pm

“Gasaway Lecture”:What a Long Strange Trip it’s Been
Presenter:  Michael Santucci 

2:45pm -3:05pm

Numerical Modeling of the Ear Canal: Benefits and Challenges
Guilhem Viallet

3:05pm- 3:25pm  Experimental Validation of an Impedance Tube Measurement Method for Assessing Earplugs Insertion Loss 
Presenter: Kevin Carillo 

3:25pm - 3:50pm


3:50pm - 4:10pm  The Department of Defense Comprehensive Hearing Health Program: A Pilot Study
Presenter: John A. Merkley, Co_Presenter: Tanisha Hammill 
4:10pm - 4:30pm  Cardiovascular Conditions, Hearing Difficulty, and Occupational Noise Exposure within
U.S. Industries and Occupations

Presenter: Elizabeth A. Masterson 
4:30pm - 4:50pm  What Have We Learned in the 10 Years of the Safe-in-Sound Awards?
Presenter: Thais C. Morata, Co-Presenter: Deanna Meinke

4:50pm - 5:00pm

Closing Remarks






National Hearing Conservation Association
Street: 2851 S. Parker Road, Suite 1210, Aurora, CO 80014
Mail: P.O. 3406, Englewood, CO 80155
Phone: 303-224-9022
Fax: 303-200-7099