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Hearing Conservation Program-Yes -No?

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The first step toward solving any noise problem is to define it. To understand what requirements must be implemented according to OSHA’s noise standard [29 CFR 1910.95, it is necessary to determine exposure levels. The following sections provide information about evaluating noise exposure levels:

Indications of a Problem
Walkaround Survey
Workshift Sampling
Instruments Used to Conduct a Noise Survey (App III:A)

Follow the link to OSHA site:  How do I evaluate noise exposure

Workplace INTEGRA, can be a resource for your sampling needs:  Noise Surveys and Dosimetry Studies


9-year-old boy gets his hearing back after six years thanks to bone-conduction implant & iPhone app


From Apple News, a Flipboard magazine by 9to5Mac

Apple VP of environment, policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson has  shared a story via ABC7 News about a nine-year-old boy whose hearing was restored thanks to a new type of bone-conduction hearing aid controlled by a companion iPhone app. Highlighting accessibility and inclusion, Jackson wrote that ‘technology can transform lives [and] 9-year old Joshua is a great example.’

Joshua Gomez started losing his hearing at the age of three, and a succession of surgeries over a five-year period all failed. Conventional hearing-aids couldn’t help with his particular condition, but the Children’s Hearing Center at Stanford finally found a solution.

Joshua was outfitted with the Cochlear Baha 5, a cutting edge device that has allowed Joshua to hear out of both ears clearly for the very first time. The device, made for the iPhone, gives him an opportunity to use Apple technology to better his life.

The key difference from a regular hearing-aid is that the Cochlear Baha 5 transmits sound to the inner ear via bone conduction, bypassing other parts of the ear that couldn’t tolerate a device.

See full article here.


WPI & UNC collaborate on CAOHC class offering- Still have openings!

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The NC Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center part of the University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina and Workplace Integra in Greensboro, NC have gotten together to offer a Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) class in VA.

The CAOHC class will be part of the UNC Summer Institute offering July 27-29, 2016 in Portsmouth, VA.  Attendees would sign up with the NC Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center here.

Workplace Integra will provide the Course Director and replicate the CAOHC course outline offered in Greensboro, NC and other locations.  The Initial students will attend the 2.5 day (20 hour) class having any Refresher students join the class for 8 hours on the second day, July 28.

For more information or to sign up see here.

In-Ear Device That Translates Foreign Languages In Real Time


by James Gould-Bourn  on

Most of us have found ourselves in the awkward situation of trying to communicate in a foreign language. Sometimes it’s funny. Sometimes it’s embarrassing. And sometimes it’s downright disastrous. But thanks to a new translation device that easily fits into your ear, the days of struggling to speak the local lingo might soon be a thing of the past.

The device is called The Pilot system and Waverly Labs is the company behind this brilliantly simple yet potentially groundbreaking idea. When it hits the shelves in September, the system will allow the wearer to understand one of several foreign languages through real-time in-ear translation. A handy app will allow you to toggle through the languages you want, and the selection includes French, Spanish, Italian, and English. It’ll retail for $129, and you can pre-order one here. Or you can just keep talking to people really loudly and slowly in English. Good luck with that.

The gadget comprises two earpieces that easily fit into your ears.  It will allow real-time in-ear translations in French, Spanish, Italian, and English.  “The Pilot” will hit the shelves in September and retail for $129.00.

See full article here.

Workplace Integra to attend 2016 NC Statewide Safety Conference


The 86th Annual NC Statewide Safety Conference will be held May 10-12, 2016 at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC.
To register or for more information click here.

Workplace INTEGRA will be in exhibit booth 40, stop by to see INTEGRAfit, Workplace Applications Software, and enter to win a door prize.  Here is a list of all exhibitors.

See you in Greensboro!

Heading to a concert? Don’t forget your earplugs

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By Morgan Manella, Special to CNN

Updated 5:29 PM ET, Thu April 7, 2016

(CNN) — Listen closely, concertgoers. Next time you go to a music festival, you might want to pack earplugs. A new study found that they can prevent temporary hearing loss immediately following loud music exposure.

Researchers assigned 51 normal-hearing individuals attending an outdoor music festival in Amsterdam to wear earplugs or not. During a four-and-a-half hour window, 25 wore silicone earplugs and 26 did not. The time-averaged, sound pressure level experienced during the festival was 100 decibels, according to the the study, published Thursday in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Participants, who were an average age of 27, took a baseline hearing test before the concert.

After the concert, they were tested again to show whether there was a loss in hearing. Researchers found that the group wearing earplugs had a temporary shift in hearing of 8%, while the group without earplugs had temporary shift of 42%.

See full article here.

Workplace Integra to attend AAOHN in Jacksonville, FL


Workplace INTEGRA, Inc. will be attending the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Conference being held in Jacksonville, FL, from April 11-14, 2016.  The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront in Jacksonville, FL.

Please stop by booth number 519 in the Exhibit Hall to review our featured products, Workplace Applications health & safety data management software and INTEGRAfit-quantitative fit testing for hearing protection.  Of course you can stop by to say hello and enter your name into our drawing for an Apple iPad mini!

Hope to see you in Jacksonville!  Still time to sign up to attend!

How We Hear


Source: Better Hearing Institute
Patricia E. Connelly, PhD, CCC-A, FAAA, New Jersey Medical School, NEWARK, NJ

The Hearing System

The anatomy of the hearing system can be divided into four components for our convenience in remembering the parts and associating these parts with their function. These divisions are the:

1.outer ear
2.middle ear
3.inner ear
4.central auditory pathways

The Outer Ear (1)

Several structures comprise the outer ear. The most readily seen is the pinna, also called the auricle. The pinna is made up of a frame of cartilage that is covered with skin. The pinna has obvious folds, elevations, depressions and a prominent bowl – all of which vary somewhat from person to person but a basic pattern in these features is fairly universal among all people. The pinna acts as a funnel to collect and direct sound down the ear canal. It also serves to enhance some sounds through its resonance characteristics. Finally, it helps us to appreciate front-back sound localization.

The other structure of the outer ear is the external ear canal. The outer two-thirds of this canal has a cartilaginous framework, and the inner one-third is bony. The skin of the external ear canal is continuous with the skin of the pinna. The ear canal is curved, almost “S” shaped and averages about 1 inch in length in adults. The skin of ear canal has hairs (more prominent in some people) and glands that produce wax called cerumen (also more prominent in some individuals than in others). This hair and cerumen serve a protective function for the ear canal. In addition, cerumen helps to lubricate the skin and keep it moist.

See full article here.

Consequences of Hearing Loss


Source: Better Hearing Institute

Many people are aware that their hearing has deteriorated but are reluctant to seek help. Perhaps they don’t want to acknowledge the problem, are embarrassed by what they see as a weakness, or believe that they can “get by” without using a hearing aid. And, unfortunately, too many wait years, even decades, to address the effects of hearing loss before getting treatment.

But time and again, research demonstrates the considerable effects of hearing loss on development as well as negative social, psychological, cognitive and health effects of untreated hearing loss . Each can have far-reaching implications that go well beyond hearing alone. In fact, those who have difficulty hearing can experience such distorted and incomplete communication that it seriously impacts their professional and personal lives, at times leading to isolation and withdrawal.

Studies have linked untreated hearing loss effects to:
•irritability, negativism and anger
•fatigue, tension, stress and depression
•avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
•social rejection and loneliness
•reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety
•impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
•reduced job performance and earning power
•diminished psychological and overall health

See full article here.