Theresa Y. Schulz / Ph.D Lt. Col. USAF (ret.)

As hearing conservationists, we need up-to-date information about noise measurement, audiometric testing, record keeping, hearing protection, motivating workers and how to put it all together for an effective hearing loss prevention program. And here is an opportunity to get that information from experts in the field. My presentation will focus on hearing protectors as part of the solution. We’ll look at the how they are tested and rated (with particular reference to the NRR), and some of the new technologies to help you solve your hearing conservation concerns.

In "Let's Get Loud," Jennifer Lopez sings "If you wanna live your life, live it all the way and don't you waste it."

Protecting your hearing can help you live life all the way... so that you can enjoy the craziness -- and the quiet sounds, too!

In occupational Hearing Conservation Programs, OSHA requires employers to provide annual “training” to employees on specific topics. But that required training focuses on providing only information.

On 19 Oct., OSHA announced its intention to change its interpretation of the feasibility of noise control engineering in regard to compliance with the noise standard. The original comment period deadline was 20 Dec. On 6 Dec., OSHA announced that the comment period has been extended until 21 March 2011 and that they intend to schedule a “Stakeholder Meeting” prior to that new deadline.

Remember this week to thank a veteran and their family for the sacrifices that they make for our freedom.  I am especially grateful for those who continue to serve today. Never before have so few military personnel been stretch so thin to provide the defense of our country.

I am also grateful that my family supported my service. My husband made far more sacrifices than I did so that we could proudly serve our country.  

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