Sheriff's Deputy Wins 2017 Hearing Loss Prevention Award

The 2017 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award™ honors those that have contributed to the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus through effective practices or innovations directed to those who are exposed to noise at work.

The National Hearing Conservation Association and NIOSH announced that Ryan Lee Scott, a deputy sheriff with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office in Florida, is the recipient of the 2017 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award™. The award honors those that have contributed to the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus through effective practices or innovations directed to those who are exposed to noise at work; he is scheduled to receive it Feb. 24 at the NHCA Annual Hearing Conservation Conference in San Antonio.

Scott demonstrated initiative and innovation in examining noise exposure among police officers and presenting potential solutions, the co-sponsors announced.

"Hearing is a critical sense for a police officer, who uses it to communicate and monitor the safety of community members, fellow officers, and themselves," said NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard. "Deputy Sheriff Scott is a pioneer, examining the noise exposure problem among his colleagues and developing an innovative approach to bring solutions to the law enforcement community."

They reported that Scott contributed to studies on the high-level impulse sounds produced by firearms and interventions that can minimize the risk, and he developed an educational workshop, "Firearms Training and Hearing Loss," for the law enforcement community. He has invested his own time and money to develop, travel, and deliver his training sessions.

His presentation will be available at http://www.safeinsound.us/winners.html at the awards ceremony.

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