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NIOSH/NHCA Joint Hearing Protection Supplement Published

The supplemental issue of the International Journal of Audiology highlights research that was presented at NHCA's 35th Annual Conference last year.

NIOSH and the National Hearing Conservation Association have teamed to produce a supplemental issue of the International Journal of Audiology that highlights research that was presented last year at NHCA's 35th Annual Conference. The studies featured in the issue focus on expanding the traditional boundaries of hearing loss prevention and sharing knowledge internationally.

"Noise-induced hearing loss is a preventable issue affecting workers across the globe," said NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard. "This collaboration of the leading voices in this area is an important part of furthering our knowledge and research in how to better protect all workers."

The research topics include:

  • Noise-induced hearing loss in different economic sectors in Asia
  • A large-scale epidemiological view of audiometric thresholds of adolescents and adults free from occupational noise exposure
  • A new perspective on "normal hearing" in college students
  • An exploration of the real-world challenge of promoting use of hearing protectors by construction workers
  • Examining the challenges of minimizing hazardous sounds while preserving audibility and situational awareness
  • How innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and education can potentially contribute to a successful hearing loss prevention program for musicians

Additional support was provided by Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards™, the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation, Etymotic Research Inc., G.R.A.S Sound & Vibrationm and HCI National Mobile Health Programs.

The 2011 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards™ will be presented at the 36th NHCA Annual Conference in Mesa, Ariz., on Feb. 25. Nominations for the next round of awards will be accepted until Sept. 1, 2011. For information about the awards and this year's conference, visit this website.

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