Navigation Links
NHCA Recommendations to EPA on NRR Change Intend to Improve Utility of Hearing Protection Devices at Work and at Home
Date:12/7/2009

WESTMINSTER, Colo., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the recent announcement of the impending change to the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) for hearing protection devices, the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) has provided its recommendations to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Based on expert member input and review, NHCA's recommendations are intended to improve the utility of hearing protection devices for occupational hearing conservation programs and for personal use.

"Noise-induced hearing loss is a progressive and permanent disease which has a pervasive impact on people's lives. While noise control efforts are the preferred way to reduce occupational and community noise exposures and prevent hearing loss, many Americans depend on earplugs and earmuffs to protect their hearing," said Rick Neitzel, PhD, CIH, NHCA President. "The current Noise Reduction Rating methodology is obsolete and needs to be updated to reflect a more real-world approach to hearing conservation. Also, the new NRR needs to account for the fact hearing protectors are used both in the workplace, where users should be trained on how to protect their hearing and how to wear protectors correctly, as well as recreationally, where users are likely to be less knowledgeable about how to best protect their hearing."

In its letter, posted at http://bit.ly/7qnVhq, NHCA asks for two major changes to the EPA's proposed legislation.

First, NHCA believes that the labeled values should be based on the ANSI S12.6-2008 Method B protocol, which accounts for hearing protectors fit by trained and naive hearing protection device (HPD) users alike.

"The EPA should also ensure that the de-rating of labeled values is eliminated from the new NRR scheme. Over the years, de-ratings have created a great deal of uncertainty and confusion that has diminished the effectiveness of hearing loss prevention programs in the United States," said Neitzel.

Second, NHCA urges the EPA to revise and simplify the labeling of hearing protectors. This will help ensure that all users - and especially users who have not been trained on the proper use of hearing protectors - receive adequate protection when they use the devices.

"The required labels should be simplified, made more symbol-based, and provided in multiple languages to ensure that their correct use is clear for all users," said Neitzel. "Supporting information, such as the performance of the protector at specific test frequencies, should be provided online, as a packaged insert or upon request from the manufacturer in order to further simplify package labeling."

"NHCA is excited to work with the EPA to increase the effectiveness of hearing protectors sold and used in the United States by making the labeled values on hearing protectors more meaningful to end users. We feel that the proposed changes will help give Americans the protection from noise that they deserve, and will help reduce or eliminate the number of people who needlessly develop NIHL," said Neitzel.

About the National Hearing Conservation Association [NHCA]

The mission of the National Hearing Conservation Association is to prevent hearing loss due to noise and other environmental factors in all sectors of society. NHCA provides networking, resources and professional development opportunities to improve skills, practices and services for over 600 members. NHCA's membership includes audiologists, researchers, students, industrial hygienists, educators, professional service organizations, safety professionals, medical professionals, engineers, audio professionals and others who have dedicated their work to the advancement of hearing loss prevention. For more information about the National Hearing Conservation Association, visit us online at www.hearingconservation.org.

Follow us on:

Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link.

Renee Bessette

https://profnet.prnewswire.com/Subscriber/ExpertProfile.aspx?ei=89777

SOURCE National Hearing Conservation Association


'/>"/>
SOURCE National Hearing Conservation Association
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. USPSTF Mammography Recommendations Should Be Specifically Excluded From Health Care Reform Legislation
2. National Medical Association Response to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations
3. USPSTF mammography recommendations will result in countless unnecessary breast cancer deaths each year
4. SleepApneaUSA.net Announced An Immediate Alternative Sleep Apnea Solution In Response To The NTSB's Sleep Apnea Testing Recommendations
5. AUA Releases Statement Clarifying Prostate Cancer Testing Recommendations
6. Experts offer policy recommendations for improving medication adherence
7. New National Study of Crash-Involved Children Reaffirms Recommendations for Booster Seat Through Age 8
8. Iowa Committee Makes Recommendations to Increase Value in Health Care
9. Expert Panel of Pediatric Liver Specialists Publishes Recommendations for Monitoring and Referral of Children With Chronic Hepatitis B Infections
10. Study Shows College Students Are Not Following CDC Recommendations to Help Protect Themselves from H1N1 and Other Threatening Germs
11. Health Leaders Issue Recommendations to Improve Management of a Common, Costly and Misunderstood Cardiovascular Disease: Atrial Fibrillation
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... Overland Park, KS (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... leader in retailers of Eyeglasses . , Millions of individuals in the United ... life, eyeglasses have become a way to both correct vision and make a fashion ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... ... legally blind and certified personal trainer is helping to develop a weight loss fitness plan ... fix the two major problems leading the fitness industry today:, , ... They don’t eliminate all the reasons people quit their exercise program ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, FCPX users ... - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms over 1,300 ... Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above media or ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the ... In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, ... just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The ... in Dallas that it will receive two significant new grants to support its ... PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... ITASCA, Ill. , June 23, 2016  In a startling ... states are failing their residents by lacking a comprehensive, proven plan ... , a definitive ranking of how states are tackling the ... rating to only four states – Kentucky , ... and Vermont . Of the 28 failing states, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Bracket , a ... its next generation clinical outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) ... on June 26 – 30, 2016 in Philadelphia ... electronic Clinical Outcome Assessment product of its kind to fully ... Bracket eCOA 6.0 is a flexible platform for ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Guerbet announced today that it has been named a ... One of 12 suppliers to receive the ... of Premier members through exceptional local customer service and ... lower costs. "We ... customer service from Premier," says Massimo Carrara , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: