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Welcome to the 2021 NHCA Virtual Conference Schedule, below you will find the schedule listed with 3 types of education sessions, Live Platform, Pre-recorded Platform and E-Poster Sessions. They will all be delivered a little differently so please take a little time to read the descriptions and understand how the conference will be laid out.

  • Live Platforms: NHCA is offering 7 live sessions with interactive Q&A and chat features over the two days of the live conference. If you are not able to watch these sessions live they will be recorded and playback will be available until March 19, 2021
  • ON DEMAND Pre-Recorded Platforms: There will be 28 pre-recorded sessions that will be released on the first day of the conference, these will be available to watch at your leisure and will be available until March 19, 2021. PLEASE NOTE: They are available longer than the 1-5 pm time on the schedule but we are not able to program them in like that!
  • ON DEMAND E-Poster Sessions: There will be 8 E-Poster sessions available to watch, each session is 15 minutes long and worth a quarter of a credit, in order to receive a full hour you will need to watch 4 poster sessions all the way through and complete and evaluation. These will be available as pre-recordings and will be available from the start of the conference until March 19, 2021
This means you have the opportunity for up to 19.0 CE credits at this years conference! (See ASHA AND AAA Brand Blocks below)

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Friday, February 26 • 10:00am - 10:30am
Live Session 1: Where We have been and Where We are Now: Occupational Hearing Loss in the United States

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It has been an incredibly challenging year. It has been challenging for the field of hearing conservation and occupational hearing conservation. Audiometric testing for noise-exposed workers has been interrupted, research field studies and surveillance activities have been halted or postponed, time and resources have been diverted, and the priority of hearing loss prevention has been eclipsed by preventing disease transmission in the workplace. This is in addition to losses in business and personal losses among those who work in this field. Now is a good time to assess where we have been and where we are now - to take note of our successes and continuing challenges - as we move forward with our important work in a new and hopefully less challenging year. We will examine the numbers, including how many workers have lost their hearing, how many continue to be at risk, which workers are most in need of attention, and any progress in prevention. The sources of these numbers and the critical need for continued surveillance will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

1) The learner will be able to discuss the differences in the prevalence of hearing loss among U.S. industries and occupations.
2) The learner will be able to discuss the progress in hearing loss prevention efforts among U.S workers.
3) The learner will be able to identify and discuss the issues in hearing loss prevention efforts among U.S workers.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Masterson

Elizabeth Masterson

NIOSH
Elizabeth (Liz) Masterson is an Epidemiologist in the Health Informatics Branch (previously Surveillance Branch) of the Division of Field Studies and Engineering at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Project Officer for the NIOSH... Read More →


Friday February 26, 2021 10:00am - 10:30am CST
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