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Noise-Induced hearing loss among professional musicians

Source: Journal of Occupational Health
Published November 16, 2016


After presbycusis, noise exposure is considered the second cause of sensorineural hearing loss. Due to exposure to high-intensity sounds, musicians may be at risk of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Given the importance of good hearing in music career, this study aimed to investigate the frequency of hearing loss and use of protective measures among Iranian musicians.


In this cross-sectional study, 125 musicians, including 21 women (16.8%) and 104 men (83.2%), with at least five years of work experience were recruited. All participants underwent clinical and audiometric examinations. Demographic data, complaints about hearing loss, and information about the use of protective devices were collected through interviews.


Audiometric notch in either one or both ears and bilateral hearing loss were present in respectively 42.4% and 19.2% of the participants. The history of tinnitus after performance and ear pain during performance was reported by 64 (51%) and 35 (28%) individuals, respectively. Less than 2% of the participants used hearing protection devices.


Long-term exposure to loud sounds puts musicians at risk of hearing loss. However, due to their inadequate knowledge, most musicians never use protective devices to prevent damage to their auditory system.

See full article here.

Workplace INTEGRA announces 3rd quarter 2017 NIOSH and CAOHC class dates

See below for our course offerings for the third quarter of 2017 for Hearing Conservation and Pulmonary Function Technician Training:

CAOHC Occupational Hearing Conservation Certification

July 10-12, 2017 (Columbus, GA)

July 12-14, 2017 (Davenport, IA)

July 12-14, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)

July 17-19, 2017 (Madison, WI)

August 9-11, 2017 (Louisville, KY)

August 9-11, 2017 (New Orleans, LA)

August 16-18, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)

September 6-8, 2017 (Indianapolis, IN)

September 11-13, 2017 (Fayetteville, NC)

September 12-14, 2017 (Montgomery, AL)

September 20-22, 2017 (Fremont, CA)

September 27-29, 2017 (St. Louis, MO)

CAOHC Occupational Hearing Conservation Recertification

July 11, 2017 (Columbus, GA)

July 13, 2017 (Davenport, IA)

July 13, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)

July 18, 2017 (Madison, WI)

August 10, 2017 (Louisville, KY)

August 10, 2017 (New Orleans, LA)

August 17, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)

September 7, 2017 (Indianapolis, IN)

September 12, 2017 (Fayetteville, NC)

September 13, 2017 (Montgomery, AL)

September 21, 2017 (Fremont, CA)

September 28, 2017 (St. Louis, MO)

NIOSH Spirometry Initial Training
July 18-19, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)

September 12-13, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)

NIOSH Spirometry Refresher Training
July 20, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)

September 14, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)

Our full calendar schedule is here.

Princess fires starter pistol, Prime Minister suffers hearing loss


Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belgium, is being treated for an ear injury apparently caused by a starter pistol fired at a Brussels road race.

It was supposed to be one of those routine ceremonial appearances that politicians make all the time.

Show up at a 20K race, wave to the crowd and cheer as the runners bolt from a starting line and dash through the streets of Brussels.  But for Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belgium, Sunday’s 20 kilometer de Bruxelles event has proven to be a little thorny. Michel says he has been suffering hearing loss since a starter pistol, signaling the beginning of the race, was fired near his left ear.

Read full story here.

Surprising cause of death in teen boating accident creates ‘Raven’s Rule’


Investigators originally assumed she’d drowned, but new details have emerged about the tragic death of a Columbus County teenager.

16-year-old Raven Little-White died in August after a boating accident on Lake Waccamaw. The medical examiner’s report lists “drowning” as the probable cause of death, but a toxicology report that came back later revealed Raven had actually succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Accident

Raven was on the boat with nine other kids ranging in age from 11-17 on the evening of the accident. District Attorney Jon David said they were not drinking, but just out having fun when they made a fatal error to accommodate the number of people on the inboard ski boat.


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Workplace INTEGRA to attend AAOHN in New Orleans!


Workplace INTEGRA, Inc. will be attending the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Conference being held in New Orleans, LA on April 24-27, 2017-

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70113.

Please stop by booth number 223 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 New Orleans!  Still time to sign up to attend!

Workplace INTEGRA- 2nd Quarter 2017 CAOHC & NIOSH Schedule!

See below for our course offerings for the second quarter of 2017 for Hearing Conservation and Pulmonary Function Technician Training:

CAOHC Occupational Hearing Conservation Certification

• April 5-7 (Greensboro, NC)

• April 5-7 (St. Louis, MO)

• April 19-21 (Ontario, CA)

• May 1-3 (Milwaukee, WI)

• May 9-11 (Jacksonville, FL)

• May 10-12 (Greensboro, NC)

• June 7-9 (Columbus, OH)

• June 7-9 (Greensboro, NC)

• June 14-16 (Little Rock, AR)

CAOHC Occupational Hearing Conservation Recertification

• April 6 (Greensboro, NC)

• April 6 (St. Louis, MO)

• April 20 (Ontario, CA)

• May 2 (Milwaukee, WI)

• May 10 (Jacksonville, FL)

• May 11 (Greensboro, NC)

• June 8 (Columbus, OH)

• June 8 (Greensboro, NC)

• June 15 (Little Rock, AR)

NIOSH Spirometry Initial Training

• May 2–3 (Greensboro, NC)

• July 18–19 (Greensboro, NC)

NIOSH Spirometry Refresher Training

• May 4 (Greensboro, NC)

• July 20 (Greensboro, NC)

Our full calendar schedule is here.



You thought this was going to reference Fit Testing for Respirators- NOPE.

This is about Fit Testing for Hearing Protection.

Workplace INTEGRA, Inc has designed a Fit Testing For Hearing Protection device called INTEGRAfit® .  INTEGRAfit® uses an Apple® iPad® or iPad® mini.  Download the Apple® App from the device, use the WPI supplied custom headset and you are ready to determine how effectively your employee has inserted his/her hearing protection.

You can use the “Compliance Mode”- bring the subject into a quiet room or a hearing booth and tell them, “don’t touch your hearing protection”, administer the 3-4 minute screening and the results will show you how effectively they inserted those plugs at the start of the shift.  Want to dedicate some training time to the proper fit?  Use the “Training Mode”, start with a baseline test (no plugs), then try plug 1, plug 2, plug 3, etc.  Find the proper plug and the proper fit.  INTEGRAfit can be used on all types of plugs including custom inserts.

When used with Workplace Applications (or HT Pro) audio software, (not required) you can run the Early Warning Shift report to generate your first group to test. How about a Random List, or simply perform a fit test on all employees.

The INTEGRAfit® methodology replicates a hearing test, whereas the subject responds to tones like an OSHA Hearing Test. The results use a stop light graph, Red = under protected, Yellow = overprotected, get them in the green = Good to Go!

You don’t need a hearing booth to administer an INTEGRAfit test, a quiet room will do.

Here is the web page about the INTEGRAfit® iPad®App with screen shots.

We also offer a combination INTEGRAfit® / Audiometer. Here.

INTEGRAfit®will screen at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz and/or 2,000 Hz.  Access the on-line demonstration here or  contact us.

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