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July 2023
Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Loss Awards - Self Nominations Accepted Through August 18!
Nominations for the annual Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards are now being accepted. The awards are co-sponsored by NIOSH, the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), and the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC).
Two awards are presented: one for excellence and one for innovation. According to Safe-in-Sound Review Committee Coordinator, Scott Schneider, CIH, judges for the excellence award consider what nominees have done to limit or eliminate the risks from noise exposures in their workplace. Previous winners have been recognized for purchasing quieter tools or equipment, regularly checking noise levels, providing effective hearing protection tailored to workers’ needs, conducting careful analysis of the annual hearing test results, training all workers effectively on noise both on and off the job, controlling noise to the levels recommended by NIOSH, and evaluating their program each year to make improvements.
Self-nominations will be accepted through August 18, 2023. Winners are invited to receive the award and present their real-world success stories at our annual NHCA Conference, February 8-10, 2024, in Albuquerque, NM.
For information on how to submit a nomination, please visit the Safe-in-Sound website (
Seeking NHCA e-News Editor
Do you enjoy keeping an ear out for professional news and being “in the know” with NHCA? You could be the next NHCA e-News Editor! We are looking for a volunteer to curate our monthly electronic compilation of NHCA news, events, and developments in hearing loss prevention and sound appreciation. To learn more, please contact our current e-News Editor at [email protected].
Recent Hearing Research

Prevalence and correlates of occupational noise-induced hearing loss among workers in the steel industry.  Elshaer N, Meleis D, Mohamed A. J Egypt Public Health Assoc. 2023 Jun 5;98(1):11. doi: 10.1186/s42506-023-00135-7. PMID: 37271796  

Hearing loss increases all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in middle-aged and older Chinese adults: the Dongfeng-Tongji Cohort Study.  Zhang H, Fang Q, Li M, Yang L, Lai X, Wang H, He M, Wang Z, Kong W, Zhang X. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2023 Jun 3. doi: 10.1007/s11356-023-27878-2. Online ahead of print. PMID: 37268810 

Occupational exposure to noise and dust in Swedish soft paper mills and mortality from ischemic heart disease and ischemic stroke: a cohort study.  Torén K, Neitzel RL, Eriksson HP, Andersson E. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2023 Jun 1. doi: 10.1007/s00420-023-01980-x. Online ahead of print. PMID: 37261594  

Occupational and Environmental Noise Exposure and Extra-Auditory Effects on Humans: A Systematic Literature Review.  Lee Y, Lee S, Lee W. Geohealth. 2023 Jun 7;7(6):e2023GH000805. doi: 10.1029/2023GH000805. eCollection 2023 Jun. PMID: 37303697. Review. 

Register Now to Participate in the First Symposium of its Kind Focusing on Hearing Protector Fit-Testing (In-Person or Virtually)
This event will feature fantastic sessions with objectives including:   
  • Increase knowledge regarding the evidence-based use of hearing protector fit testing. 
  • Identify supports and barriers to fit testing implementation in occupational settings and develop solutions for overcoming barriers. 
  • Advance hearing protector fit testing as the best practice in hearing loss prevention programs. 
Discussion will be an important component of the Symposium. Please contribute your voice to this important conversation.
Click Here to Learn More & Register
Attention Attendees: Volunteers Needed

For those who are attending in-person, please consider helping at the Symposium as discussion leaders, note-takers, and logistics support. If interested, please contact Dana Eckoff at [email protected]Thank you very much in advance for your time.

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To learn more:  In Good Health: How Chronic Noise Exposure Affects The Human Body : 1A : NPR

Too much noise can hurt your health and shorten your lifespan | Fortune Well 

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Who is NHCA?

We are a group of passionate hearing conservationists willing to share their expertise to prevent hearing loss. NHCA members include occupational and clinical audiologists, industrial hygienists, occupational health nurses, acoustical engineers and technicians, physicians, occupational health and safety professionals, military personnel, university professors, students, researchers and others with an interest in hearing conservation. 

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Our Vision: To prevent hearing loss and other auditory disorders due to noise and secondary environmental factors in all sectors of society.

Our Mission: NHCA provides leadership, expertise, and education on hearing loss prevention strategies and services to the broader professional community and empowers and supports members through networking and advocacy.

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- Marjorie Grantham - Editor

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