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For Immediate Release
May 9, 2016

The Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) Celebrates Better Hearing and Speech Month

May awareness month to highlight the importance of protecting your hearing

Milwaukee, WI - Better Hearing and Speech month is recognized by the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) each May as a way to promote best practice in occupational hearing conservation worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that 22 million American workers are exposed to hazardous noise on the job, while another 9 million are at risk for hearing loss from agents. This May, Better Hearing and Speech Month, CAOHC is encouraging Americans to protect their hearing by:

Hearing loss from noise may be sudden and related to a single event. However, most occupational hearing loss is progressive. Fortunately, noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is preventable by taking the appropriate precautions. Council member and ASHA representative Pam duPont shares, “It’s important to implement an effective hearing conservation program in the workplace.” Adding, “A CAOHC-certified occupational hearing conservationist (OHC) can provide specific education regarding hearing protection and what selection is most appropriate for the environmental noise level.”

As a CAOHC Course Director for many years, Pam duPont said, “Since May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, it is a great time to celebrate and appreciate how precious these abilities are to us. There are so many ways you can participate. If you are an OHC, develop a hearing health fair at your company. If you are a parent, give a talk at your children's school about the importance of protecting your hearing.”

For more information on Better Hearing and Speech month, please visit the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and American Academy of Audiology’s (AAA) websites, both of which are CAOHC's component professional organization’s (CPO), at http://www.asha.org/ and http://www.audiology.org/.

CAOHC is a professional organization dedicated to educating, informing and guiding industry and those serving industry on successful implementation of occupational hearing conservation programs to prevent occupational hearing loss. The CAOHC Council consists of representatives from the following organizations: American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN), American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), Military Audiology Association (MAA), American Academy of Audiology (AAA), American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE).

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For more information, contact CAOHC’s administrative office at (414) 276-5338 or info@caohc.org.

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