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2014 Winners

The 2013 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards™ at the 39th Annual Conference of the National Hearing Conservation Association in Las Vegas on March 14, 2014.

The 2014 recipient for Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention in the Manufacturing Sector is:

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Electronic Systems Sector, from Linthicum, Maryland.  Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems (NGES) is a developer, manufacturer, integrator and supporter of advanced electronic and maritime systems for U.S. and international customers for national security and non-defense applications.  These systems include high performance sensors, intelligence processing and navigation systems that range from radar and targeting systems to tactical ground stations and navigation systems, and are designed to operate in all environments from undersea to outer space.  The Electronic Systems Sector headquarters employs 4000 employees in Linthicum, MD.  Northrop Grumman Electronics Systems is being recognized for their commitment and implementation of hearing loss prevention strategies in a highly unique and challenging work environment.  Specifically, NGES has implemented a process to identify and effectively control hazardous noise sources that have reduced or eliminated individual worker daily noise exposures and the need for most of their workers to be enrolled in a hearing loss prevention program.  However, this has been implemented judiciously; employees are proactively enrolled in the hearing loss prevention program when noise sources cannot be fully controlled.  The program components include; individualized training, hearing protector fit-testing and audiometric monitoring to assure workers are adequately protected.  Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems is also recognized for their vision in developing a community outreach program for employees and their families. This initiative extends their efforts to prevent noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus beyond the workplace, and addresses non-occupational noise hazards as well.
Northrop Grumman(NG)Presentation (Adobe Flash Required)

From left to right:Kevin O’Connor (NG), Greg Lotz (NIOSH) and Nancy Hall (NG)
From Left to Right: Kevin O’Connor (NG), Greg Lotz (NIOSH) and Nancy Hall (NG)


The 2014 recipient for Innovation in Hearing Loss Prevention in the Services Sector is:

Benjamin Kanters and “HearTomorrow” at Columbia College Chicago (Chicago, IL). Benjamin Kanters, Founder of “HearTomorrow” is an Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches a course entitled “Studies in Hearing” addressing hearing physiology, disorders and conservation for students studying audio engineering and acoustics.  In 2008, this course became the foundation for “The Hearing Conservation Workshop” which is designed to teach hearing awareness and conservation to students and professionals in the audio, music and hearing science industries.  Benjamin Kanters is being recognized for his development and widespread dissemination of the 2-hour seminar which has been delivered at 37 colleges and universities, 23 professional conferences and as an online webinar.  His passion for hearing loss prevention is tangible and positively promotes the need to educate the music and audio engineering community and those who provide hearing healthcare to theml.
Hear Tomorrow (HT) Presentation (Adobe Flash Required)

Benjamin Kanters Photo
From left to right: Benjamin Kanters (Columbia College Chicago) and Greg Lotz (NIOSH)




From left to right: Rick Neitzel (Safe-in-Sound Committee), Deanna Meinke (Safe-in-Sound Committee),    Benjamin Kanters (Columbia College Chicago),  Greg Lotz (NIOSH), Kevin O’Connor (NG), James Lankford, (Safe-in-Sound Committee); Front: Nancy Hall (NG) and Thais C. Morata (NIOSH)
From left to right: Rick Neitzel (Safe-in-Sound Committee), Deanna Meinke (Safe-in-Sound Committee), Benjamin Kanters (Columbia College Chicago), Greg Lotz (NIOSH), Kevin O’Connor (NG), James Lankford, (Safe-in-Sound Committee); Front: Nancy Hall (NG) and Thais C. Morata (NIOSH).


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