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NHCA E-News - May 2024
Save the Date!
The dates for the 2025 NHCA Annual Conference have been set!
Dates: February 5th-8th, 2025
Location: Charleston, South Carolina

Keep an eye on the future E-News and NHCA announcements for more details on how to register. We hope everybody is able to attend!
Safe in Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award Deadline Approaching
Nominations for the annual Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards are now being accepted. These awards honor excellent hearing loss prevention (HLP) practices in the work environment. Applicants are evaluated against key performance indicators in a review process designed to assess hearing loss prevention programs in the workplace. In addition, individuals, organizations, and/or business entities from any industrial sector may also be recognized for innovative advances in the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss applicable to occupational exposures, with an award for Innovation in Hearing Loss Prevention.

There are two deadlines for nominations. Those who wish to nominate another individual, group, or company must submit nominations by June 8, 2024. Self-nominations will be accepted through August 19, 2024. Winners are invited to receive the award and present their real-world success stories at our annual NHCA Conference, February 5-8, 2025, in Charleston, SC.
For information on how to submit a nomination, please visit the Safe-in-Sound website.
NHCA Members recognized for 2024 NIOSH Science and Service Awards 

Several NHCA members were recently recognized at the 2024 NIOSH Science and Service Awards held April 25.

Thais Morata received the James P. Keogh Award for Outstanding Service in Occupational Health and Safety. This award recognizes a current or former NIOSH employee for exceptional service in the field of occupational safety and health.

The following individuals were recognized with a Plain Language Award for the reorganized and rewritten topic page Noise and Occupational Hearing Loss: Asha Brogan, Amy Mobley, Jennifer Tyrawski, David Byrne, Wei Gong, Pamela Graydon, Elizabeth Masterson, Thais Morata, Christi Themann, and Ed Zechmann

Congratulations to all who were recognized for your hard work and service to the hearing loss prevention community! For more information about the NIOSH Science and Service Awards, please click the button below.

2024 NIOSH Science and Service Awards
Recent Hearing Research

Prevalence of Hearing Loss among Noise-Exposed U.S. Workers within the Utilities Sector, 2010-2019. Masterson EA, Themann CL.J Occup Environ Med. 2024 Apr 25. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000003125. Online ahead of print. PMID: 38664951
Hearing Difficulties Among Farmworkers in the Mexico-US Southwest Border Region. Coco L, Sanchez GD, Campuzano GA, Keeney AJ, Romine JK.J Immigr Minor Health. 2024 Apr 22. doi: 10.1007/s10903-024-01592-8. Online ahead of print. PMID: 38647631
(Why) Do Transparent Hearing Devices Impair Speech Perception in Collocated Noise? Denk F, Wiederschein L, Kemper M, Husstedt H.Trends Hear. 2024 Jan-Dec;28:23312165241246597. doi: 10.1177/23312165241246597. PMID: 38629486 
Occupational Noise Exposure in the Pediatric Dental Setting. Bates M, Hsu T, Yepes J, Phasuk K, Walerstein J, Discolo C, Eckert G, Scully AC.Pediatr Dent. 2024 Mar 15;46(2):108-114. PMID: 38664909
Development of an artificial intelligence based occupational noise induced hearing loss early warning system for mine workers. Madahana MCI, Ekoru JED, Sebothoma B, Khoza-Shangase K.Front Neurosci. 2024 Mar 21;18:1321357. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2024.1321357. eCollection 2024. PMID: 38576872 
National Cohort Data Suggests an Association Between Serious Mental Illness and Audiometric Hearing Loss. Alter IL, Tucker LH, Dragon JM, Grewal MR, Saperstein A, Stroup TS, Medalia AA, Golub JS.Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2024 Apr 12. doi: 10.1002/ohn.763. Online ahead of print. PMID: 38606639

Sound Postcard

What is Cymatics?

Cymatics is the study of sound and vibration made visible, typically on the surface of a plate, diaphragm, or membrane. From ancient Greek: κῦμα, meaning "wave", Cymatics is a subset of modal vibrational phenomena. The study of visible sound and vibration.

For more information click the following link:

What is Cymatics? Science of Visible Sound Explained – Journey of Curiosity

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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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- Angela Anderson - Editor

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