safe in sound


• A Sound Investment, From the Director’s Desk, John Howard, M.D. Director, NIOSH.
NIOSH eNews Volume 10 Number 11 March 2013

Totally Engaged in Hearing Loss Prevention, Deanna K. Meinke, Ph.D., Thais C. Morata, Ph.D., Promising Practices for Total Worker Health™ TWH™ in Action! Volume 2 Number 2 April 2013.

Awarding and promoting excellence in hearing loss prevention. Meinke DK, Morata TC.
Int J Audiol. 2012 Feb;51 Suppl 1:S63-70

Schools of music and conservatories and hearing loss prevention Chesky, K. Int J Audiol. 2011 Mar;50 Suppl 1:S32-7
Music students are not being taught that music is a sound source capable of harming hearing. Ensemble directors of public school and college bands, orchestras, and choirs, are unaware and unprepared to recognize and manage risk from excessive sound exposures. Schools of music and conservatories around the world, and the organizations that accredit them, need to embrace the idea that schools of music are best suited to facilitate change, conduct research, create and impart knowledge, institute competency, and most importantly, cultivate a culture of responsibility and accountability throughout the music discipline. By drawing attention to actions pursued at and through the College of Music at the University of North Texas, the purpose of this paper is to encourage change and to assist others in efforts to reach the best conditions for preventing irreversible hearing disorders associated with music

Better protection from blasts without sacrificing situational awareness. Killion MC, Monroe T, Drambarean V. Int J Audiol. 2011 Mar;50 Suppl 1:S38-45
A large number of soldiers returning from war report hearing loss and/or tinnitus. Many deployed soldiers decline to wear their hearing protection devices (HPDs) because they feel that earplugs interfere with their ability to detect and localize the enemy and their friends. The detection problem is easily handled in electronic devices with low-noise microphones. The localization problem is not as easy. In this paper, the factors that reduce situational awareness--hearing loss and restricted bandwidth in HPD devices--are discussed in light of available data, followed by a review of the cues to localization. Two electronic blast plug earplugs with 16-kHz bandwidth are described. Both provide subjectively transparent sound with regard to sound quality and localization, i.e., they sound almost as if nothing is in the ears, while protecting the ears from blasts. Finally, two formal experiments are described which investigated localization performance compared to popular existing military HPDs and the open ear. The tested earplugs performed well regarding maintaining situational awareness. Detection-distance and acceptance studies are underway.

2010 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards™ were all about innovation. Morata, TC.NHCA Spectrum, 2010, Vol 27 (1):9-10.

NIOSH and NHCA present 2010 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards, Spring, C. International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) Newsletter, 2010, Vol 18 No 1:7-8.

Letter to the Editor of Spectrum. McDaniel, M., NHCA Spectrum, 2009, vol. 26 (1): 15.

Safe-in-Sound recognizes excellence in hearing loss prevention. Hager, L. NHCA Spectrum, 2009, vol 26 (1):10-11

Safe-in-Sound awards excellence in hearing loss prevention. Hager, L. 2009 Summer Spectrum, vol 26 (2)
First Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards™ presented. Graydon P, Morata TC. CAOHC Update, 2009 Summer Issue: 7-8

ASSE member helps win first Safe-in-Sound Award. Industry Notes, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Professional Safety, 2009, July:14-15