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Saturday, February 12 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
*Continuum-based Training for the Appropriate Selection of Hearing Protection Devices

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The Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE) Hearing Protection Device Evaluated Products List (HPD EPL) was designed to allow knowledgeable users to select HPDs based upon the noise environment, hearing critical tasks (HCTs) being performed, and measures of how HPDs affect HCTs. The concept for this approach began with actual assessments of HPDs based on ANSI standards, however, assessment data beyond the noise reduction data is often not available. A new approach was developed to use general categories of HPDs in place of the more specific assessment data. An HPD EPL pilot project was designed to train DOD industrial hygienists (civilian and military), safety professionals, and occupational hearing conservation managers to identify work process HCTs and to select HPDs based upon specific noise environments and HCTs. Training products for the pilot project will be presented.

avatar for Kari Buchanan, M.P.H., M.A.

Kari Buchanan, M.P.H., M.A.

Industrial Hygienist, zCore Business Solns/DOD Hearing Ctr of Excellence
Kari Buchanan, M.P.H., M.A. is a retired U.S. Navy Industrial Hygiene Officer providing contract support through zCore Business Solutions to the DoD Hearing Center of Excellence. Ms. Buchanan is currently managing efforts on developing a hearing protective device evaluated products... Read More →

Kathy Gates, AuD

Department of Defense (DOD) Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE)
Dr. Kathy Gates joined the Defense Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE) in October 2012 and is currently working under the Prevention Branch. One of her primary roles is to work on launching the Comprehensive Hearing Health Program to Audiology and Hearing Conservation/Program Clinics... Read More →

Robert Williams, M.S. Eng

Mr. Williams is an engineer for the Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence, currently assigned to the US Army Public Health Center. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama in 2006, and a Master of Engineering in Acoustics... Read More →

Saturday February 12, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm CST