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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: Hearing Conservation Program in the Agriculture Sector: An Evaluation

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Richard Sesek, Auburn University

Hearing loss is not as “dramatic” nor as sudden as traumatic injuries such as those from an overturned tractor or machine entanglement, but the damage is permanent, irreversible, and significantly impacts the sufferer’s quality of life. The prevalence of hearing loss is higher among those who work on the farms as compared to the general population. Hearing loss is insidious in nature; with the gradual onset often not recognized until significant losses have occurred. Farmers are frequently exposed to noise from the heavy farming machinery being in addition to other equipment that may contribute to hearing loss. Hearing loss commonly affects those farmers working in relatively continuous, high levels of noise (above 85 dBA), but contributions from intermittent machine use may also be problematic. In addition to the hearing loss itself, reduced hearing capability may lead to accidents and injuries on the farm, as their perceptual losses may prevent recognition of warning signals or imminent dangers associated with farming tasks. Although hearing loss can be reduced by using proper hearing protection and implementing engineering controls, many farmers remain unaware of the potential hazards of noise and the permanent nature of hearing loss. Accordingly, this study evaluates Hearing Conservation Programs.

Learning Objectives:
As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, readers will be able to:
1) Indentify factors associated with implementation of Hearing Conservation Program in the agricultural sector.
2) Identify issues associated with impementing Hearing Conservation Programs in the agriculture sector.
3) Identify the areas which require revision or improvement for Heaing Conservation in the Agricultural sector.

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Ravinder Thaper

Auburn University
Ravinder Thaper MS, AEP is a GRA & GTA in Industrial and Systems Engineering researching noise in the agriculture sector.

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