Deputy Sheriff Honored for Contributions to the Prevention of NIHL

Published March 1, 2017

On Friday, NIOSH and the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) recognized Deputy Sheriff Ryan Lee Scott of Florida for his initiative and innovation in examining noise exposure among police officers. Scott is this year’s recipient of the Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award, which honors those who have contributed to the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) through effective prevention practices in the work environment.

In addition to contributing to studies on the high-level impulse sounds produced by firearms, Scott developed an educational workshop specifically for the law enforcement community called “Firearms Training and Hearing Loss.” The workshop covers the potential for unprotected firearm sounds to damage officers’ hearing and discusses the use of specialized hearing protection devices and firearm suppressors to reduce the sound levels. Scott has invested both his personal time and money to voluntarily travel and deliver his training sessions.

“Scott’s initiative and leadership efforts to promote hearing loss prevention and dissemination of evidence-based information on this topic demonstrate his true passion and commitment to reducing noise-induced hearing loss among his colleagues in the law enforcement community,” NIOSH’s press release reads.

NIOSH and NHCA presented Scott with his award at the Annual Hearing Conservation Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Scott’s PowerPoint presentation from the awards ceremony is available on the Safe-in-Sound website. For more information about the award, visit the Safe-in-Sound home page.

Related: The SynergistNOW blog recently featured a roundup of noise-related topics in the news, including NIOSH’s new sound level meter app, a CDC analysis of national survey data on NIHL among adults, and two feature articles on occupational noise in the military published in the Synergist magazine.