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
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
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
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
I'm deaf and my daughter is hard of hearing. This means that what little hearing we have, we want to protect at all costs. With the 4th of July just around the corner, you may be concerned about hearing safety as well. If you're wondering, "can fireworks hurt my baby's ears?" you're not alone. Read more
The human body is an interesting machine. It can take a crazy amount of abuse and continue to function. But over time those abuses begin to take their toll and, bit by bit, tiny chinks appear in our body's armor. Read more