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Cardiovascular-Hearing Health Link Prompts BHI to Urge Hearing Checks for World Heart Day

Source: Better Hearing Institute article September 2012

 

 

The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is raising awareness of the connection between cardiovascular and hearing health, and is urging people with cardiovascular disease to get their hearing checked. Likewise, BHI urges people with hearing loss to pay close attention to their cardiovascular health. A growing body of research indicates that a person’s hearing health and cardiovascular health frequently correspond. BHI’s efforts are in recognition of World Heart Day, September 29.
According to BHI, Baby Boomers and Gen Xers need to take age-related hearing loss seriously. Research not only shows that untreated hearing loss has adverse effects on quality of life, earnings, and a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, but increasingly, studies show that hearing loss is affiliated with a number of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease.

The Heart-Hearing Connection
The inner ear is extremely sensitive to blood flow.  Studies have shown that a healthy cardiovascular system—a person’s heart, arteries, and veins—has a positive effect on hearing. Conversely, inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss.

The authors of a study published in the American Journal of Audiology concluded that the negative influence of impaired cardiovascular health on both the peripheral and central auditory system—the potential positive influence of improved cardiovascular health on these same systems—have been found through a sizable body of research conducted over more than six decades.

David R. Friedland, MD, PhD, Professor and Vice-Chair of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, has been studying the relationship between cardiovascular and hearing health for years. According to Friedland: “The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it is possible that any abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body.”  In their study, published in The Laryngoscope, Dr. Friedland and fellow researchers found that audiogram pattern correlates strongly with cerebrovascular and peripheral arterial disease and may represent a screening test for those at risk. They even concluded that patients with low-frequency hearing loss should be regarded as at risk for cardiovascular events, and appropriate referrals should be considered.  Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, cause 17.3 million deaths each year. For more information about World Heart Day, cardiovascular health, and how people can reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke, visit www.world-heart-federation.org.

More About Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids
Numerous studies have linked untreated hearing loss to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, including impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks, reduced alertness, increased risk of personal safety, irritability, negativism, anger, fatigue, tension, stress, depression, and diminished psychological and overall health. But the vast majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. Three out of four hearing aid users report improvements in their quality of life due to wearing hearing aids. And studies show that when people with even mild hearing loss use hearing aids, they improve their job performance, increase their earning potential, enhance their communication skills, improve their professional and interpersonal relationships, and stave off depression.

See full article here.

Restaurants Serve Up an Extra Helping of Hearing Loss

  

Source: The Hearing Journal, September 2012 – Volume 65 – Issue 9

 

Noise-induced hearing loss is not limited to construction or factory workers as some might presume, just ask a waiter or a retail employee. Workers in many New York City restaurants and clothing stores are often exposed to loud music, sometimes averaging nearly 100 dBA, according to a New York Times article. (August 2, 2012; see FastLinks.)

“The risk to hearing from hazardous noise exposure is a product of sound level (decibel) and time (duration),” said Deanna Meinke, PhD, an associate professor at the University of Northern Colorado’s Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences department in Greeley. Dr. Meinke was responding on behalf of Dangerous Decibels, a public health campaign designed to reduce the incidence and prevalence of NIHL and tinnitus.

See rest of article here.

 

 

 

 

Bruce A. Dalton dies in Colorado plane crash

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that we have lost a good friend and business associate.  Last Thursday 9/13/2012,  Bruce Dalton was killed in a single, small plane accident in the Colorado mountains.  Bruce was traveling as a passenger on a  single engine aircraft that was piloted by a friend.  Initial reports seem to indicate that the crash happened at an elevation of 12,000 feet.

Bruce has been a friend and co-worker going back to the old days with Health & Hygiene and U.S Health Works.   Bruce was also one of the founding members of Workplace Group, and has spent the last couple of years running OccuHealth.

Bruce will be missed by everyone who knew him.  Please take the time to remember him, and pray for his family.

A memorial service has been scheduled for 3:00pm Saturday, Sept 22 at the St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, NC.

Regards,

David Pinchot, President

More information:

The Herald Sun

CBS Denver

The Pueblo Chieftain

Workplace INTEGRA finalizes 2013 CAOHC schedule

Workplace INTEGRA, Inc has just finalized its 2013 CAOHC training schedule. New locations on the 2013 schedule: Tallahassee, FL, Columbus, GA, and adding a class in New Orleans, LA

 

Here are the dates and locations for the first quarter of 2013:
Certification                           Re-Certification

January 9-11 Toledo, OH    1/10
January 9-11 Greensboro, NC    1/10
January 23-25 New Orleans, LA    1/24
February 6-8 Louisville, KY     2/7
February 12-14 Greenville, SC    2/13
March 6-8 Indianapolis, IN    3/7
March 13-15 Greensboro, NC    3/14
March 20-22 Bloomington, IL    3/21
March 20-22 Tallahassee, FL    3/21

Look for the entire 2013 schedule soon at www.workplaceintegra.com

Hearing Loss by Occupation

Source: Industrial Safety & Hygiene News

Is your job causing hearing loss? Your hearing is an incredibly valuable asset in the workplace. Unfortunately, some workplace environments may be more damaging to your eardrums than others. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates that 22 million US workers are exposed to potentially dangerous levels of noise in the workplace each year. Unhealthy noise levels are one of the most common causes of hearing loss, and can lead to shocking statistics in some occupations. If you work in one of these six loudest workplaces, you may want to consider the effects your work environment may be having on your hearing.

Hearing Loss in Manufacturing
Hearing loss is the most commonly recorded occupational illness in manufacturing, accounting for 1 in 9 recordable illnesses. The reasons behind these staggering numbers are obvious, with all the large and loud machinery in this line of business. And this problem is all over the nation. Manufacturing is one of the largest industries in the U.S., which means hearing loss can spread rapidly. In fact, a study in Michigan reveals that more than half of all cases of permanent workplace hearing loss is caused by the manufacturing sector. Learn about Personalized Hearing Protection for Manufacturing Companies.

Hearing Loss in Construction, Carpentry and Mining
Whether outside your window, on your walk to work or anywhere else on the street, you may be painfully familiar with the extreme noise levels of construction sites. Now imagine working there. For the country’s construction workers, these sounds can be particularly hazardous to hearing health. Long periods of exposure to noise over 85dB is considered dangerous to one’s hearing, yet many of the most common construction tools make noise well above this cautionary value. Let’s consider one the noisiest yet most common construction tools: the hammer drill. This ear-shattering tool registers at nearly 115dB. With these dangerous decibels, whether you are performing construction work at home or for pay, make sure to wear the right kind of ear protection.

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Cheryl’s Hearing Conservation Training Tips

 

What should I use for my upcoming Hearing Conservation Training?    What can I use that will educate and motivate employees in a new way?  This may be a question you ask yourself whenever training is on the horizon.  I will be giving you ideas on how to present HC training in fresh and novel ways.  Your employees will exclaim, “Wow, I never knew that about my ears!”  I will present an idea about every 3 months on this Blog.  My first idea is to incorporate a YouTube video  The one I have picked, Auditory Transduction, is a basic anatomy and physiological account of how our ears hear.  Give it a look!  Your employees may walk away with new respect for their ears!

Make sure OSHA’s 3 topics are covered with every annual training:
1) The effects of noise on hearing
2) Purpose and procedure of hearing testing
3) Purpose, selection, fit, use and care of hearing protectors, the advantages, disadvantages and attenuation of various types.

 

 

 

 

Cheryl Nadeau, M.Ed., FAAA
Senior Occupational Audiologist

New visual for texting while driving!

Everyone knows how dangerous it is to text while behind the wheel of a moving car. This guy has upped the ante by taking his hands off the handlebars of his motorbike while texting! This biker is traveling at between 50 and 60 miles per hour (80 to 95 km/h), meaning that he is covering at least 73 feet or 22 meters every second with his eyes off the road. (Naval Safety Center)

 

35th Annual Tennessee Safety and Health Congress

Come out and celebrate the 35th year of The Tennessee Safety & Health Congress at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN.  This year the Congress runs from July 22-July 25th.

Workplace Integra will be set up in booth number 206.  Stop by for a chance to win a gasoline gift card, take a look at Workplace Applications software or INTEGRAfit.  We can also discuss any specific needs you have in the area of hearing conservation, such as sound surveys or mobile audiometric testing

Going? 

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Need a FREE Pass?

The Tennessee Safety & Health Congress provides FREE guest passes that exhibitors can give away. The FREE PASS is good for Tuesday July 24, 2012 from 8:45 AM till 3:30 PM for the Exhibit Area only. 

If you would like to go, please send us an e-mail: jkurzec@wpintegra.com.  Passes will be mailed on a first request basis. You may request as many passes as you need, however the number of passes sent will depend on availability. Please provide a mailing address, number of passes needed, phone number in the e-mail and please title the e-mail: TN FREE PASS REQUEST.  You do not need to be a current Workplace INTEGRA, Inc. client to receive these FREE PASSES. 

The TN Safety Congress home page is here.

The List of Exhibitors is here.

BHI Raises Awareness of Dangers of Noise Exposure During 4th of July

 

Source: www.betterhearing.org

In an effort to protect America’s hearing, this 4th of July the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is raising awareness of the dangers that fireworks and other loud summer activities pose to hearing health. We invite you to join us by promoting prevention in your own local communities.

To help with your outreach efforts, we have included a number of materials on both the dangers of noise exposure and how people can protect their hearing.
Please find below materials that you can use to help make this 4th of July and summer season both fun and hearing-safe for people in your local community.

• Local customizable press release to promote your practice
• A newsletter article for your use which can serve as an opinion editorial
• Information on hearing loss prevention

The more people understand the dangers and ramifications of hearing loss—and that there are measures they can take to preserve their hearing—the more willing they become to visit their local hearing health professional to care for their hearing.
Thank you in advance for helping to make this 4th of July and summer season both fun and hearing-safe.