AIHA University Webinar: The Noise Manual: Essential Wisdom for Preventing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Date: Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2022 - Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2022
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (EDT)
Event Type: Webinars, AIHA Webinars

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Noise-induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is the most common cause of hearing loss and is a common phenomenon in workers across industries. Since 1958, the Noise Manual has been the premier resource for those interested in preventing NIHL in the workplace. The 6th edition of The Noise Manual (2022) is comprised of four sections:

1. Fundamentals of Sound, Vibration, Hearing, and Ototoxicity;
2. Elements of Hearing Loss Prevention;
3. Noise Interference and Communication; and
4. Standards, Regulations, and Workers' Compensation.

The revised text expands our understanding of community noise and the benefits of extending our prevention efforts beyond the workplace. This webinar will highlight The Noise Manual contents in the context of best practices in hearing conservation.

Thirty-five expert authors have contributed 21 new or significantly revised chapters. Individual chapters are dedicated to regulatory mandated hearing conservation program components such as noise measurement, noise control engineering, selection, and fitting of hearing protection devices, audiometric monitoring, education and motivation, and program effectiveness. Other chapters cover more advanced topics in hearing protector fit testing, impulse noise, ototoxicity and otoprotection, and auditory situation awareness and speech communication in noise.

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the relevance of The Noise Manual, 6th edition, about their professional skills and duties.
  • Identify best practices in topic areas relevant to preventing noise-induced hearing loss.
  • Recognize the complexity of hearing loss prevention that extends beyond mere regulatory compliance.
  • List one aspect of their job where The Noise Manual, 6th edition, would be a valuable resource.

Presenters

Deanna K. Meinke, Ph.D. CCC-A

Deanna Meinke received her undergraduate degree in communication disorders from Colorado State University and a master's degree in Audiology from Northern Illinois University. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in Audiology. She is currently a Winchester Distinguished Professor in the Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences program at the University of Northern Colorado. She is a recipient of the "Outstanding Hearing Conservationist" award from the National Hearing Conservation Association. The American Academy of Audiology recently recognized her with the "Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology." Her research focuses on the early detection and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss, including the auditory risk of impulse noise, educational gaming to promote hearing health, and wireless automated hearing test systems. She has served as past president of the National Hearing Conservation Association and co-director of the Dangerous Decibels® program. Her favorite sound is the call of the sandhill crane at dawn echoing through a mountain valley.


Dennis P. Driscoll, PE (retired), FAIHA

Dennis has both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from North Carolina State University. Since 1980, his specialties in acoustics include measurement of equipment noise levels and employee noise exposures, the design of engineering controls, and environmental surveys. From 1980-1988 he managed Amoco and BP Corporation's hearing conservation program and has been an acoustical consultant to industry since 1988.

Toward professional certification, he is a registered Professional Engineer and a Board-Certified Noise Control Engineer. He is a Past President of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), a Fellow Member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and past Chair of the AIHA Noise Committee. Dennis has over 20 technical publications, including eight book chapters. Dennis is one of the Editors and participating authors of The Noise Manual, 5th and 6th Editions, by AIHA. Finally, Dennis is a 2021 inductee into the School of Engineering Hall of Fame at NC State University, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.