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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 42  |  Page : 1-


Deanna K Meinke 
 President, National Hearing Conservation Association and University of Northern Colorado, Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences Program, Greeley, CO, USA

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Deanna K Meinke
University of Northern Colorado, Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences Program, Greeley, CO. 80639

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Meinke DK. Preface.Noise Health 2009;11:1-1

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Meinke DK. Preface. Noise Health [serial online] 2009 [cited 2022 May 17 ];11:1-1
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This supplemental issue of Noise and Health marks the initiation of an exciting new partnership between the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) and Noise and Health. For the past 33 years, NHCA has been hosting annual conferences in the U.S. focusing on the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. These interdisciplinary meetings feature leading edge research, real-world discussions, and practical workshops conducted over a three-day period. The most recent conference was held between February 21 st and 23 rd , 2008, in Portland, Oregon, and the program included nine half- or full-day workshops, 25 podium presentations, and 20 posters. From these presentations, authors were invited to submit papers for peer review and ultimate publication in this Noise and Health supplement.

As you peruse the table of contents, you will find the diversity of topics that consistently hallmark these conferences - music-induced hearing loss, hearing loss prevention programs for veterans, recreational firearm use, intervention programs for children, noise exposures in the workplace, hearing protection, tinnitus, synergistic effects of noise and pharmacological agents, and U.S. regulatory issues. The authors are representative of many of the disciplines that make up our NHCA membership - audiology, industrial hygiene, music, health communication, public health, hearing science, human factors engineering, acoustic engineering, and neuroscience. This diversity of membership makes NHCA unique in terms of scientific collaboration, regulatory best practices, and public health outreach.

The NHCA extends gratitude to these authors for contributing their manuscripts and providing practical information on various aspects of hearing loss prevention to the international readership of Noise and Health. It is also important to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of our NHCA Director of Education, Dr. Brian Fligor; our 2008 Program Chair, Susan Griest; and our Noise and Health guest editor, Dr. Robert Folmer. Their tireless efforts to motivate, communicate, and disseminate this information are monumental and sincerely appreciated by the leadership and general membership of NHCA. We will certainly look forward to future collaborations with Noise and Health.

For interested readers, you may find additional hearing loss prevention resources and membership information available to the public on the NHCA website at By far, the most valuable component of NHCA is the networking opportunities enjoyed by our members. We welcome Noise and Health readers to join our organization, attend and contribute to our conferences, collaborate with researchers, and expand your opportunities to "meet the experts, gain the expertise". It is our hope that the "world" of hearing loss prevention will continue to expand to include the expertise of our international colleagues. We graciously welcome your participation, insights, knowledge, and experience.