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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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Saturday, February 27 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
ON DEMAND SESSION: NoiseHelp.Auburn.edu: A Resource for Noise Abatement

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Ravinder Thaper, Auburn University
Sri Krishnamurti, Auburn University
Ed Youngblood, Auburn University
Jonghwa Oh, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Noise is ubiquitous in today’s workplaces and homes. While its presence is obvious, its effects are often unnoticed and underappreciated. Hearing loss can happen at work, at home, or at play. A major problem is that the ability to accurately measure noise has traditionally been restricted to a comparative few: those with relatively expensive sound level meters. The process of measuring noise is limited by the expense and perceived complication. Even when noise is recognized as a potential problem, feasible, cost-effective abatements are usually not readily apparent. This team of students and faculty with diverse backgrounds (engineering, industrial hygiene, audiology, and communications) has been working to solve these problems. They have been researching inexpensive means for consistently measuring noise (i.e., smartphone apps) and working to provide a portal to distribute this information along with potential noise abatements for many common noise sources. They have just launched NoiseHelp.Auburn.edu as website to disseminate this information and to aggregate best practices and effective solutions to common noise problems. They are actively seeking input to grow the site and this conference represents the ideal audience to both build and advertise this website.

Learning Objectives:
As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, readers will be able to:
1) Identify free/inexpensive smartphone apps for reliable measurments at home and in workplace.
2) Demonstrate effectiveness of noise abatement technologies in industry.
3) Apply web-based resource to enhance training and education for Hearing Conservation Programs.

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Richard Sesek

Auburn University
Richard Sesek holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on Ergonomics and Safety. He has taught graduate and undergraduate level safety and health related courses for over 20 years. Prior to academia, he worked as an OSHA consultation... Read More →

Saturday February 27, 2021 2:00pm - 2:30pm CST