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Keeping wind techs safe from the jobsite health hazards

The long-term effects of working as a wind technician takes a toll. Symptoms, such as joint pain, carpal tunnel, hearing loss, and other lower back or upper limb disorders can sneak up on workers over time and cause long-term pain or injury.

Unfortunately, anyone who works in construction, manufacturing, transportation, or the O&M sectors are at risk of experiencing safety hazards because of exposure and potential overuse of power tools. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, this impacts at least 13% of the U.S. labor force. Read more

How shooting a gun can affect your hearing

Recently the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 (HPA) was introduced. Why? Because shooting a loud gun can really damage our hearing and we need all the protection we can get! But this article is not about the HPA. Rather, it’s to help us understand just how much shooting a firearm can really affect our hearing health. Read more

Seven elements of a well-devised hearing conservation program

Manufacturing and construction sites are typically noisy places. Prolonged exposure to loud, aggravating, and excessive sounds can have harmful effects on worker health. However, symptoms are not always immediate or obvious because noise-induced hearing loss typically happens gradually. Over time, excessive noise exposure may damage the tiny hair cells in the inner ear and lead to tinnitus (ringing of the ears), or partial or permanent hearing loss.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers are required to provide a “continuing, effective hearing conservation program” for employees who are exposed to potentially hazardous noise. To protect workers from hearing loss, “hearing conservation programs” (HCP) that aim to reduce noise, and check and promote hearing protection, are an important part of a workplace safety plan. Read more

Doctor of Audiology alumnus: Quintin Hecht

Quintin Hecht ’07, Au.D. ’11, received his bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Audiology from Illinois State University. After graduation from the doctoral program, Hecht served as an audiologist for the United States Air Force at the 59th Surgical Specialties Squadron, Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, the same location where he completed his fourth-year audiology residency.

Hecht has served the profession in several ways. He has provided audiology evaluations and fitting of hearing aids to underserved populations in Belize on a humanitarian mission, spent three years overseeing the Hearing Conservation Program for the entire U.S. Air Force, and served as an adjunct faculty member at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and as a Council for Accreditation of Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) Professional Supervisor workshop instructor. Read more

Listen Up: Arizona Musical Instrument Museum to Feature UNC Faculty Exhibit

An exhibit being developed by University of Northern Colorado faculty will take up permanent residence in the same museum that displays instruments from the likes of Elvis Presley and John Lennon. 

UNC Audiology & Speech-Language Sciences professors Don Finan and Deanna Meinke are collaborating on the project for the Musical Instrument Museum, which boasts a collection of 6,500 instruments including those from a host of legendary artists including the King and the famous Beatle. Read more

Watch: Ring those church bells...while you can still hear them

Three men went out of their way to disprove Ħal Safi's reputation as a sleepy village last Sunday, doing untold damage to their hearing in the process.

In a 20-minute video sent to Times of Malta, the men can be seen incessantly ringing bells at the village's parish church, with no hearing protection in sight.

"I shot this video from around 200 metres away from the church," the Safi resident said. "It was loud enough from where I was standing, but can you imagine what it was like for those two men? Their heads were practically in the bells," he said.

The ringing began at 12pm and ended 40 minutes later, he said, with a repeat performance that same day at 6pm. Given that Safi's village feast is held at the end of August, it is not clear just why the Church bells rang for so long on a Sunday afternoon. Read more