Liaisons & Representatives

American Academy of Audiology (AAA)

This liaison facilitates communications on contemporary issues related to the prevention of occupational and nonoccupational hearing loss between officers and members of NHCA and the American Academy of Audiology. The Academy is the world's largest professional organization of, by, and for audiologists.

Liaison:
Juan Vasquez

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN

This liaison conveys information about activities of AAOHN as it pertains to hearing conversation to the NHCA Executive Council.

Liaison:
Marjorie McCullagh

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)

The ACOEM liaison serves as a link between NHCA and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  While there have not been many recent updates directly related to hearing conservation, two past position statements are of interest to NHCA members and others involved in hearing conservation.

Liaison:
Bruce Kirchner

American Industrial Hygiene Association 
(AIHA)

Founded in 1939, AIHA is a nonprofit organization serving professionals dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control, and confirmation of environmental stressors in or arising from the workplace that may result in injury, illness, impairment, or affect the well-being of workers and members of the community.

Liaison:
Laurel Davis

American Society of Safety Engineers 
(ASSE

Founded in 1911, The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is the oldest professional safety organization.  Its more than 33,000 members manage, supervise and consult on safety, health, and environmental issues in industry, insurance, government and education.  The goal of this liaison is to facilitate communication between NHCA and ASSE on issues related to noise exposure and hearing loss prevention.

Liaison:
Robert Anderson

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA

The goal of this liaison is to provide a link between NHCA and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) on issues of mutual interest to both organizations.  Hearing loss prevention is a special focus within ASHA, managed by its Special Interest Group 8 on Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance.  SIG 8 sponsors educational events, publishes an annual journal on relevant clinical and research issues, provides networking opportunities for professionals interested in the public health aspects of audiology, and advises the organization on policy and other issues related to public health.  The ASHA liaison to NHCA serves as a link between the two organizations and shares information of interest in both directions.

Liaison:
Christa Themann

ANSI S3
ANSI S3 Committee on Bioacoustics

This person is the official NHCA representative to ANSI S3, and conveys information about the activities of the committee to the NHCA Executive Council.

Representative:
Eric Fallon

Alternate Representative:
Dick Danielson

ANSI S12
ANSI S12 Committee on Noise

This person is the official NHCA representative to the ANSI S12, and conveys information about the activities of the committee to the NHCA Executive Council.

Representative:
Laurie Wells

Alternate Representative:
Vishakha Rawool

Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO)

Members of ARO include scientists, engineers and physicians who seek to understand how the ear and the brain process sound and control balance, determine the causes of diseases and disorders of these sensory systems, and devise new surgical, technological or biological treatments to improve patients’ lives.  The liaison provides a link to the ARO and shares information between the two organizations.

Representative:
Colleen Le Prell

Audiology Quality Consortium (AQC)

AQC’s mission is to collaborate on the development of audiology quality measures for use in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and with other health care payers, to monitor the status of audiology quality measures for reporting under MIPS and other health care payers, to respond to proposed rules and measure changes by CMS and other measure owners on behalf of the audiology community, and to educate audiologists regarding audiology quality reporting and MIPS requirements.  The liaison provides a link to the AQC and shares information between the two organizations.

Representative:
Sharon Beamer

Council for Accreditation in Occupation Hearing Conservation (CAOHC

The CAOHC liaison provides updates to NHCA about on-going CAOHC initiatives twice a year or as requested.

Liaison:
Pamela G. DuPont

Dangerous Decibels

The Dangerous Decibels project is a public health campaign designed to reduce the incidence and prevalence of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and tinnitus (ringing in the ear) by changing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of school-aged children.

Liaison:
Deanna Meinke

Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE)

HCE provides support to the Department of Defense to enhance operational performance, mission readiness, and quality of life through collaborative leadership and advocacy for hearing and balance health.  The liaison provides a link to the HCE and shares information between the two organizations.

Representative:
Kathy Gates

Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA (INCE/USA)

This liaison is the official NHCA representative to the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE), and conveys information about the activities of INCE to the NHCA Executive Council.

Liaison:
Jeffrey Komrower

Military Audiology Association
(MAA)

This liaison serves as a link between NHCA and the MAA.  The goal is to facilitate communication and foster a synergistic relationship between the two organizations to further the efforts of hearing loss prevention.

Liaison:
Amy Blank

National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health (NIOSH)

This liaison is the official NHCA representative to NIOSH, and conveys information about the activities of NIOSH to the NHCA Executive Council.

Liaison:
Elizabeth Masterson

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

This liaison is the official NHCA representative to OSHA, and conveys information about the activities of OSHA to the NHCA Executive Council.

Liaison:
William Murphy

Safe in Sound 

In 2007, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) partnered with NHCA to create an award for Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention. This award is called the Safe-In-Sound Award. In 2018, the partnership was extended to include the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC).

Liaison:
Thais Morata