Hearing Protection Research Update from NIOSH, NHCA

January 30, 2012 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research, Uncategorized

 

NIOSH, NHCA Publish Hearing Protection SupplementFrom Occupational Health and Safety, 1/26/2012

http://ohsonline.com/articles/2012/01/26/niosh-nhca-publish-hearing-protection-supplement.aspx?admgarea=news

The supplemental issue includes lessons learned from the use of new methodologies in studying hearing sensitivity after exposure to drug therapies that may cause hearing damage.

http://informahealthcare.com/toc/ija/51/S1

NIOSH, in cooperation with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), has released a dedicated supplemental issue of the International Journal of Audiology. The issue highlights research presented at NHCA’s 36th Annual Conference in February 2011. The studies highlighted include:

•Lessons learned from the use of new methodologies in studying hearing sensitivity after exposure to drug therapies that may cause hearing damage

•Potential barriers to implementing engineering noise controls in manufacturing

•NIOSH-supported research on major sources of noise in daily working life

•NIOSH-supported research on how different hearing protection devices perform across a wide range of impulse sounds

•The effectiveness of hearing protection-enhancement devices for gunshots

•The history and impact of the NIOSH and NHCA Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award™

NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard noted that noise-induced hearing loss is a critical issue for all workers, stating, “The ability to hear can greatly impact a workers ability to do their job as well as their quality of life. Understanding the causes and how to effectively prevent noise-induced hearing loss is an important priority for NIOSH as we continue to look at total worker health.”