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May 2023, Better Hearing Month
Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Loss Awards
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.
There are two deadlines for nominations. Those who wish to nominate another individual, group, or company must submit nominations by June 8, 2023. 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.
2023 International Hearing Protector Fit-Testing Symposium Registration Now Open!
Meet the Symposium's Featured Speakers
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This event will feature several 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. 
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About the Symposium
August 18-19, 2023, join the National Hearing Conservation Association for the inaugural International Hearing Protector Fit-Testing Symposium at the Davidson-Grundy Alumni Center at The University of Texas at Dallas in Dallas, Texas! This will be a hybrid event and virtual attendance options will be available.

This event will accelerate the implementation of hearing protector fit-testing into effective hearing conservation programs. Learn from and engage with employers, policymakers, researchers, manufacturers, and others as they share current science and uses for hearing protector fit-testing, visit with supporting organizations, and network with fellow industry professionals.
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Symposium Rates
Take advantage of our exclusive Early Bird discounted rates to save up to $100 on your in-person or online symposium registration fee! You must register by June 1st to receive this special rate.

Learn more about what's included in your registration here.
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Hotel Options
Residence Inn by Marriott Dallas Plano/Richardson
1705 E. President George Bush Hwy, Plano, TX 75074
Please note: Group room rate at Residence Inn by Marriott Dallas Plano/Richardson only guaranteed if booked by July 19, 2023, or until all guestrooms in the block are consumed.
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Hilton Garden Inn Richardson/Dallas
1001 W. President George Bush Turnpike, 
Richardson, Texas 75080
Group room rate for Hilton Garden Inn Richardson/Dallas only guaranteed if booked by July 28, 2023Any guest rooms requested after the cutoff date will be offered at the prevailing Best Available Rate of the day based upon availability.
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Sponsor/Exhibit With the Symposium
Is your company or a company you are connected with interested in supporting the International Hearing Protector Fit-Testing Symposium? We have the perfect opportunity! Check out more information or pass the information on to colleagues below!
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Recent Hearing Research
Safe Listening at Venues and Events with Amplified Music - United States, 2022. Eichwald J, Themann CL, Scinicariello F. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2023 Mar 31;72(13):338-341. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm7213a3. PMID: 36995965
Impulse noise measurement in view of noise hazard assessment and use of hearing protectors. Mlynski R, Kozlowski E. Int J Occup Saf Ergon. 2023 Jun;29(2):528-537. doi: 10.1080/10803548.2023.2174700. Epub 2023 Mar 6. PMID: 36715312
Cohort difference in the association between use of recreational firearms and hearing loss: findings from the HUNT study. Engdahl B, Aarhus L. Int J Audiol. 2023 Apr;62(4):350-356. doi: 10.1080/14992027.2022.2050822. Epub 2022 Mar 27. PMID: 35341437
Environmental noise exposure and health outcomes: an umbrella review of systematic reviews and meta-analysis. Chen X, Liu M, Zuo L, Wu X, Chen M, Li X, An T, Chen L, Xu W, Peng S, Chen H, Liang X, Hao G. Eur J Public Health. 2023 Apr 8:ckad044. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckad044. Online ahead of print. PMID: 37030015
The rate of occupational noise-induced hearing loss among male workers in Israel and implication on hearing surveillance frequency. Makaruse N, Paltiel O, Klebanov M, Moshe S, Rinsky-Halivni L. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2023 Apr 14:1-14. doi: 10.1007/s00420-023-01975-8. Online ahead of print. PMID: 37058149 Free PMC article.
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