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March 2023
NHCA Conference 2023 Generosity:
Thank you for your substantial donations to the NHCA Scholarship Foundation
Together, we raised $2,311 through our Silent Auction participation and $1,268 regenerating hair cells! NHCA Scholarship Foundation is able to continue its mission because of your support and generosity. By contributing, you help ensure that our work continues.
Watch our website for applications for our 2024 conference scholarship awards:
Find Your Quiet Place Challenge
2022 Data Findings
The Find Your Quiet Place (FYQP) Challenge is SoundPrint’s annual collaboration with prominent hearing health organizations to collect sound level data, which enables SoundPrint to advocate for safe noise levels, help communities find quieter places, and protect the public’s hearing health.
Overall, 2022 sound levels increased significantly (3 dBA) from 2021 levels. Yet, over the past two years, restaurant sound levels have averaged ~76.5 dBA. This suggests a trend where restaurants may be adapting to a quieter world. Nightlife levels remained elevated above 80 dBA, which is not surprising, as patrons expect such venues to be loud, with 21% of Nightlife (Peak) measured as good for conversation, while 57% were dangerous for hearing health, with 43% of restaurants (Peak) measured as good for conversation, while 27% were dangerous for hearing health.
To become an Ambassador for the FYQP Challenge this year, please visit:
You're Invited! Join us In-Person or Virtually for the International Hearing Protector Fit-Testing Symposium
The goal of this Symposium is to advance hearing protector fit testing through education, research, implementation, and policy.

Objectives include:
• 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 rule in hearing loss prevention programs
Find Out More
Sponsors/Exhibitors Learn More Here
Recent Hearing Research
Noise-induced hearing disorders: Clinical and investigational tools. LePrell, CG, Clavier, OH, Bao, J. JASA. 2022 Dec 12. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.1037246. 

Characterization of perceived biohazard exposures, personal protective equipment, and training resources among a sample of formal US solid waste workers: A pilot study. Le, AB, Shkembi, A, Tadee, A, et al.  Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 2023 Feb 14. doi:10.1080/15459624.2023.2179060.Online ahead of print.

When is a firearm suppressor like a hearing protector? Tasko, SM, Murphy, WJ, Flamme, G, Deiters, K, et al. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2022 December.152(A162).


Sound Postcard
What’s this sound? (Clue: from an NHCA member)
To learn more:
Denver Post article
Marion Downs Recreational Hearing Conservation
Members: Tell Us Your News!
Speaking, publishing, researching, performing, hearing? NHCA would love to hear about exciting changes and achievements in your professional and personal endeavors.
Click here to tell us your news!

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.


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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- Marjorie Grantham - Editor

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