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Fourth of July Fun Facts

Source: Connection Newspapers

by: Victoria Ross

Happy 4th of July from Workplace Integra!

Below are some fun facts about the 4th of July:

*More than an estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on July 4th. That’s roughly one hot dog for every two people in the United States.

#*More than 74 million Americans will BBQ on July 4th.

#*The first Fourth of July party was held at the White House in 1801.

#*The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.

#*The stars on the original American flag were arranged in a circle to ensure that all colonies were represented equally.

#*Three U.S. presidents have died on July 4th: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Five years later, James Monroe died on July 4, 1831.

#*Calvin Coolidge is the only U.S. president born on the 4th of July, in 1872.

#Q: What did one flag say to the other flag?

#A: Nothing, it just waved.

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Deaf boy with auditory brain stem implant stunned after hearing dad for first time

By: Michelle Castillo/CBS News/June 20, 2013, 12:17 PM

A 3-year-old boy is hearing the world for the first time, thanks to an auditory brain stem implant.

“He likes sound,” young Grayson’s mom Nicole Clamp, said to CBS affiliate WBTV in Charlotte, N.C. “He enjoys the stimulus, the input. He’s curious, and he definitely enjoys it.”

Grayson Clamp was born without his cochlear nerves, or the auditory nerve that carries the sound signal from the cochlea in the inner ear to the brain. His parents tried giving him a cochlear implant, but it did not work.

They then enrolled Grayson in a research trial at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C. Three weeks ago, he became the first child in the U.S. to receive an auditory brain stem implant.

The procedure involves placing a microchip on the brain stem to bypass the cochlear nerves altogether. The person perceives and processes sound, which travel through tubes in his ear.

See full article here.

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Planet of Sound

Published in The ASHA Leader, May 2013

In a world where noise never stops, hearing threats bombard us every day. Take a tour of some of America’s noisiest environments—and bring your earplugs.

Noise pervades our society. The booms, screeches and reverberations of traffic, manufacturing, construction and airplanes can’t be avoided in daily life. And the onslaught is magnified for those whose jobs require noisy tools and tasks: soldiers and police officers firing guns and sounding sirens, farmers and factory workers running heavy machinery, or airport workers directing thundering jets.

But one person’s unpleasant noise may be another’s sought-after sound: Concerts, restaurants and bars, movies, and sporting events all generate high noise levels—some loud enough to damage hearing, especially with prolonged exposure.

No matter how “noise” is defined—as loud, discordant, unharmonious, unpleasant, undesired, unexpected or simply something that interferes with hearing—none of these definitions truly characterizes noise’s effects on human beings. Many offending stimuli affect not only our hearing but also our well-being: Noise exposure has been implicated in cases of sleep disturbance, heart disease and hypertension, among other adverse effects.

See entire article here.

App-titude: Get Smart About Noise

Published in The ASHA Leader, May 2013

by: Angela Adrian, MA, CCC-SLP and Maureen Fischer, MS, CCC-A

Over the course of eight hours one recent Saturday, my family and I attended a Division 1 NCAA basketball game and later, my son’s talent show in his grade school gym. I was prepared for the elevated sound pressure levels and range of frequencies at the game, from crowd noise to the throbbing bass of piped-in music, and recorded sound pressure levels as high as 95 dBA during especially loud moments.

But I was caught off-guard by the noise levels at the grade school production. As the talent show progressed, a soloist took the stage and belted out what would have been an impressive vocal effort without amplification. Combined with the band’s runaway volume and the unforgivingly hard acoustics of the cinderblock gymnasium, I clocked her amplified vocal at a whopping 97 dBA—significantly higher than my highest reading in the basketball arena earlier that day.

I used to carry a traditional sound-level meter to various hearing screening sites, in a suitcase too big to carry onto an airplane. Obviously, it’s not feasible to bring such a device to a basketball game or talent show. But after installing a sound meter application on my smartphone, I can objectively measure the sound pressure level in any situation. So what did I do in the gym? I pulled out my phone, of course, and measured the noise.

See entire article here.


AIHA Ear Plug Fit Testing Event on Friday, April 19, 2013

Sarah Ervin, Au.D., CCC-A of Workplace Integra, Inc. will be speaking at 10:15am, Friday, April 19th at The Alabama Local AIHA ear plug fit testing event.

Topic: Hearing Protection Device (HPD) Field Attenuation Estimation Systems (FAES) also known as Earplug Fit Testing. Learn from the experts and get hands on experience with the use of FAES systems.

Date: Friday April, 19th 2013

Location: Vulcan Materials Company Corporate Office 1200 Urban Center Dr, Birmingham, AL 35242

Registration is required to take part in this event and space is limited. Cost for Alabama Local AIHA Section member is $25 click here or for Non-Alabama Local AIHA Section member $35 click here. If anyone would like to sponsor the event or make a donation payments can be made at click here.

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided as part of your registration!

Please register by end of business on 4/16/2013.  This will facilitate the catering order.

  • Free for Students thanks to a donation by the Deep South Center for OH&S
  • Alabama Local AIHA Section member $25 click here
  • Non-Alabama Local AIHA Section member $35 click here

Click here for more information.

Workplace INTEGRA CAOHC Refresher at AAOHN in Las Vegas!

Cheryl Nadeau with Workplace Integra, Inc. in Greensboro, NC will be teaching a CAOHC Refresher Course in conjunction with the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) Conference at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The CAOHC Refresher Class will take place:

Sunday April 14th from  8-5 PM
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Blvd, South Las Vegas, NV 89109
Reservations: 855-435-0005 or 702-698-7575

You can sign up for this class through AAOHN.

Download all the educational offerings at AAOHN in Las Vegas.

Please contact AAOHN with any questions.


Bigger Caliber, Bigger Boom

by Michael Stewart, The ASHA Leader

Skeet and trap shooting. Target practice. Cowboy action shooting. Wild game hunting. These are popular leisure-time activities in America, where the citizenry owns more firearms than in any other country in the world. An estimated 70 million Americans own more than 270 million firearms, according to a 2007 issue of Small Arms Survey. And several states have hunting laws allowing children as young as age 10 to hunt when accompanied by an adult family member.

But even as firearms provide people with recreational opportunities, they also can cause significant noise-induced hearing loss with associated tinnitus unless shooters wear proper hearing protection. According to recent studies, relatively few of them do.

See entire article here.

2 Loud Crew? Bloomberg targets NYC teens who blast music through their ear buds

By M. Alex Johnson, staff writer, NBC News

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg — who banned 16-ounce sodas, trans fats in restaurants and public smoking — has a new bug in his ear: young people who play their music too loud through their headphones.

The city’s spending a quarter-million dollars to launch a Hearing Loss Prevention Media Campaign warning young people through social media and focus groups about the risk of losing their hearing, The New York Post reported Wednesday.

View entire article here.

Workplace Integra has a new look!

Workplace Integra located in Greensboro, NC providing services to support your hearing conservation & health data management needs has unveiled a new web site.  Check out our new website design with enhanced features for easier browsing.


On the new web site, you can find information on the following services:

•Mobile Audiometric Services
•Workplace Applications Software
•Hearing Test Analysis and Work-Relatedness Determination by Certified Audiologists •On-Site Hearing Conservation Consulting by Certified Audiologists •Noise Surveys •CAOHC-approved Occupational Hearing Conservationist training courses •NIOSH-approved Spirometry training •INTEGRAfit – Quantitative Earplug Fit-Testing •INTEGRAstat – Web-Based Corporate Reporting •Audiometric and Pulmonary Equipment