News & Articles
Along with researchers at the University of Kansas, CavCom's Dr. Susan Cooper has published a new method for quantifying noise exposures both on and off the job. Published in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, this detailed, task-based analysis tool results in an annual noise exposure value based on time and duration of exposures throughout the previous year.
The evaluation tool is a self-administered Noise Exposure Questionnaire (NEQ), which takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Individuals are asked to recall noisy activities during the past year, including routine activities […] Read More »
Despite long-standing regulations requiring hearing conservation programs for noisy workplaces, there are no universally-accepted methods for evaluating program effectiveness. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently funded a study of hearing loss prevention programs and announced tools for companies to evaluate their own programs.
Researchers from NIOSH, the University of Michigan, the University of Washington and Yale University studied hearing conservation programs at 14 facilities across the U.S. operated by a single manufacturing company. The research team conducted focus groups, interviews, anonymous surveys, noise dosimetry, walk-throughs, and an […] Read More »
NIOSH director John Howard, MD has announced top priorities for NIOSH research and action in 2017. Due to increased energy production and development of new techniques such as hydraulic fracturing, health and safety for the Oil and Gas industry tops the list.
Size of the Oil & Gas workforce has increased, including those involved in drilling and servicing wells, and workers in refineries and preparing oil and gas for shipment. NIOSH scientists are conducting research to characterize and eliminate the risks faced by workers to respirable crystalline silica, and volatile organic […] Read More »
Research shows gunfire to be one of the leading causes of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Recent legislation has been introduced to loosen restrictions on gun suppressors; supporters say reducing noise from guns would protect shooters' hearing. To provide more guidance on this matter, the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) has published a position statement on firearm noise.
On March 16, 2017, the NHCA approved a document prepared by its Task Force on Prevention of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss from Firearm Noise. The NHCA Task Force developed the […] Read More »