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Custom Molded Hearing Protection in Hearing Conservation Programs

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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Partnership between E.A.R. Customized Hearing and AudioCardio

The complications of untreated hearing loss are often accompanied with complaints about consistent ringing, buzzing or chirping sounds called tinnitus. World statistics indicate over 30 million people in the U.S. have this issue and over 465 million worldwide. Remedies that attempt to minimize or eradicate tinnitus include supplements, auditory maskers, hearing aids and neuropathy type therapies often administered by hearing healthcare professionals such as audiologists or otologists. A new approach that is supported by clinical research is called “THRESHOLD SOUND

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Reducing Dependence on Attenuation for Decreased Sound Tolerance

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

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Guidelines for a Legally Acceptable CAOHC Industrial Hearing Conservation Program

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

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Hearing Protection for Shooters: the Research They Should Do!

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

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Violin Channel INTERVIEW | Tom Trones on Minuendo’s Lossless Hearing Protection Earplugs

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

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