By: Garry Gordon, MS and Robert M. Traynor, Ed.D., MBA, F-NAP In the workplace, when noise levels and exposures exceed OSHA guidelines, employers are required to provide adequate hearing protection as part of a comprehensive hearing conservation program. Several providers now offer custom fit hearing protection devices (HPDs). These options present questions and concerns from safety managers, hearing conservation providers, workers and corporate executives responsible for those managing hearing impairment as a byproduct of device production. These concerns are amplified
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Note: This article describes the Minuendo product. Click here to learn more about Minuendo. Reposted with permission from original author, Robert Traynor Introduction Tidball and Fagelson define decreased Sound Tolerance (DST) as an abnormal physical and emotional response to routinely experienced sounds.1 It is an auditory complaint arising from damaging sound exposure, physical disease or dysfunction, mental health conditions, injury, or as a side effect of some medications. Patients may find these sounds merely irritating, or they may have a
By: Robert M. Traynor, Ed.D., MBA, FNAP and Garry G. Gordon, MS, Contributors Originally published in Workplace Material Handling & Safety The Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing conservation (CAOHC) is a non-membership organization created in 1973 to collaborate with nine professional organizations that have a common interest in all aspects of occupationally related noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Through the mission to advance best practices in occupational hearing conservation worldwide through credentialing, education and advocacy, the organization has had a
GARRY GORDON, MS, AUDIOLOGIST, EAR, INC., BOULDER, CO ROBERT M. TRAYNOR, ED.D., MBA, FNAP, AUDIOLOGIST, ROBERT TRAYNOR AUDIOLOGY, LLC, FT. COLLINS, CO Boom…! Every time the trigger is pulled on a loaded shotgun outdoors the average intensity of impulse noise is between 150 to 161 Decibels! This research was accurately conducted by Rasmussen et al (2009) and cited by Meinke et al 2017. Rasmussen and colleagues found these levels from shotguns at the left ear of a right-handed shooter. As
The acoustic earplugs provide high-quality, no-loss sound for musicians and live music lovers The Violin Channel recently discussed the revolutionary hearing protection earplugs for musicians with Tom Trones, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer from Minuendo. Tell us about the special Minuendo hearing protection earplugs for musicians. When and where were they invented? Minuendo was founded in Oslo, Norway in 2018 to commercialize three years of research at one of Europe’s largest research institutions, SINTEF. We started off with some fundamental technology but
Situational Awareness In the Workplace By Garry G. Gordon, Contributor With over 36 years experience working with industrial, recreational, law enforcement, music and military accounts, it has been interesting to witness how hearing protection is often selected and assigned. We all know the ramifications of excessive noise exposure, whether it has occurred in the workplace or in leisure activities, like motor sports, concerts or hunting. In many cases the choices of hearing protection offered is not always given the attention
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Conditions in the hearing health care market continue to show dramatic change. Survival for many providers and some manufacturing companies will depend greatly on leadership that can present a strategic, profitable pathway to success. As a result of PSAPs, OTCs, e-commerce, and Big-Box stores such as Costco, Sam’s Club, Cabela’s, Bass Pro, and Kroger’s we have entered an AGE OF ACCELERATED COMPETITION. This competition, fanned by the COVID-19, has created substantial consumer anxiety and concern. Practices that are looking for
Now’s a great time to upgrade your specialized hearing systems for hearing protection and/or hearing enhancement. If your custom earplugs are over 5 years old, they may no longer fit properly as ears change over time. 1. Custom Electronics Our latest custom electronics offer multimode technology which allow the user to switch to pre-set programs that automatically reduce background noise without compromising volume. 2. Impressions or Sleeves We can digitally recreate new impressions from any existing product and/or offer an