2014 CAOHC/National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) Webinar Series
Theme: Plugging the Holes in Hearing Conservation Programs: Promoting Prevention and Overcoming Obstacles
The 2014 Webinar Series Recordings are now available.
“Promoting Prevention Among A Population of Risk-Takers”
- Presenter: Kara Cave, Ph.D. - U.S. Army/Martin Army Community Hospital | USA
- Description: Employers who embrace hearing loss prevention as a priority must analyze their hearing conservation efforts and make concerted efforts to improve policies and practices. This session highlights characteristics of successful programs and thereby uncovers some of the holes or caveats inherent in typical hearing conservation programs. As the lead-off session, it sets the stage for the remaining presentations, selected to address a common area of concern – to plug a hole – in hearing conservation. These sessions put theory into practice to improve hearing loss prevention efforts.
“Assessing Hearing Protector Attenuation on Individual Ears”
- Presenter: David Byrne, MS, PhD - Research Audiologist / National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
- Presenter: Christa L. Themann, MA, CCC-A - Research Audiologist / National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
- Description: Knowing how well individual workers are protected against a hazard seems like a logical first step to ensuring effectiveness in a safety program; however, with hearing protection, it’s not as easy as it sounds. The noise reduction rating (NRR) is not a reliable metric for individual worker attenuation. Newer technologies, Field Attenuation Estimation Systems (FAES), are advancing in popularity as employers attempt to ensure individual workers are properly protected. There are several commercially available FAES, and this session covers the approaches, benefits and recommendations for including hearing protection fit-testing in the HCP.
“Audiometric Monitoring: Infection Control”
- Presenter: A.U. Bankaitis, Ph.D., FAAA - Oaktree Products, Inc.
- Description: Audiometric testing in industrial settings differs from clinical audiology – but should they? This session reviews regulations and suggests best practices about sanitizers to use for various testing locations and gives employers guidance on how to ensure they are receiving appropriate care from service providers. Should audiometric headphones be sanitized between employees? What are common hygiene practices to observe? Should otoscopy be used? If so, what practices are recommended? What are the basics of infection prevention?
“A Shot of Prevention: Firearms and Hearing Protection”
“Economics of Hearing Conservation Program and Noise Control”
- Presenter: Dennis P. Driscoll, P.E., Brd. Cert., I.N.C.E. - Associates in Acoustics, Inc.
- Description: Prioritizing hearing loss prevention forces administrators to address cost of services and allocation of resources. This session suggests a systematic method to compare the costs of maintaining hearing conservation program to the cost of implementing noise control engineering. Companies can apply this tool to learn if the process of reducing the noise hazards can have an added economic benefit to that of risk reduction.
“Enhancing and Assessing Effectiveness of Hearing Conservation Programs”