Conference Focuses on Hearing Conservation: “Passion to Preserve” Theme Ranges From Research to Practice Nearly 300 national and international professionals dedicated to the mission of hearing conservation attended the 32nd Annual Conference of the National Hearing Conservation Association Conference (NHCA), held Feb. 15–17 in Savannah, Georgia. The theme, “Passion to Preserve,” included diverse topics ranging from the practical to current research. Workshops, platform sessions, ... ASHA News
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Conference Focuses on Hearing Conservation: “Passion to Preserve” Theme Ranges From Research to Practice
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ASHA News   |   May 01, 2007
Conference Focuses on Hearing Conservation: “Passion to Preserve” Theme Ranges From Research to Practice
The ASHA Leader, May 2007, Vol. 12, 5. doi:10.1044/leader.AN4.12062007.5
The ASHA Leader, May 2007, Vol. 12, 5. doi:10.1044/leader.AN4.12062007.5
Nearly 300 national and international professionals dedicated to the mission of hearing conservation attended the 32nd Annual Conference of the National Hearing Conservation Association Conference (NHCA), held Feb. 15–17 in Savannah, Georgia. The theme, “Passion to Preserve,” included diverse topics ranging from the practical to current research. Workshops, platform sessions, and forums addressed contemporary issues in hearing conservation.
An all-day seminar on the basics of hearing loss prevention offered presentations from six experts in the field, who discussed the important elements of a hearing loss prevention program. Presenters included Timothy Swisher of Hearing Safety, Pittsburgh; Cindy Bloyer of Examinetics, Inc., Overland Park, Kansas; Col. Nancy Vause, U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine-Pacific; Ltc. Lynette B. Ardolf, PhD, USA Aeromedical Research Lab, Ft. Rutger, Alabama.
Dennis Driscoll, an engineer with Associates in Acoustics, Inc., Evergreen, Colorado, offered a separate session on noise-exposure data for work shifts that extend beyond eight hours. Driscoll’s presentation helped clarify the confusion that can arise when determining employee time-weighted average (TWA) noise exposure for employees on an extended work shift.
Charles Ross, dean of the College of Arts and Science, Longwood University (Farmville, Virginia), presented his work on the “Use of Acoustic Phenomena to Make Strategic and Tactical Decisions During the Civil War.” Ross was guest speaker at the conference luncheon.
Several awards and honors were bestowed on individuals who represent commitment, dedication and excellence in hearing conservation. The recipient of the Outstanding Hearing Conservationists Award was G. Richard Price, a consultant for auditory hazard analysis and guest researcher for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland; James Lankford, professor emeritus at Northern Illinois University, received the Michael Beall Treadgill Award. Lankford also received the honor of delivering the 2007 Gasaway Lecture.
The NHCA Scholarship Foundation honored six students pursuing degrees in a discipline related to hearing conservation with the 2007 Student Travel Awards. Four of the recipients—Elizabeth Baum, Cory Portnuff, Benson Davis, and Darrin Worthington—are pursuing AuD degrees. Stephanie Griffin is a master’s degree candidate in industrial hygiene and Khaled Alali is obtaining a PhD in human factors engineering and ergonomics. These awards may be used to help defray the cost of attending the NHCA conference.
The 2008 conference will be held Feb. 21–23 in Portland, Oregon. More information is available at www.hearingconservation.org. ASHA, an affiliate member, exhibited at the convention along with more than a dozen affiliates and sponsors.
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