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February 16th, 2016

Arva Priola, a long time contributor and a supporter of NVRC and advocacy work for people with a hearing loss.

Arva Priola said - " I was so honored this morning as I will be receiving an award for my leadership in my community. If it was not for each one of you it would have never happened. I have learned so much over the 1989 since I lost my hearing.  Many people and association have been a part of my learning. I love my work and the people I serve." She will be honored at the Gala it is on March 12, 2016 in Richmond.

The award is for individuals who have made strides in advocacy, volunteering or overcoming stereotypes in hearing loss and/or hearing healthcare.

HERE2HEAR is a not for profit organization that provides a host of free and low cost services and programs related to hearing healthcare for children and adults in the Richmond and Tri-cities area.  Our mission is to prevent poor hearing health. (Go to for more information.)



Safety + Health
February 3, 2016

Washington – Increased awareness and targeted interventions may help protect workers from experiencing hearing loss and/or tinnitus, according to a recent study from NIOSH.

Researchers analyzed national data on hearing conditions among workers who were exposed to elevated levels of occupational noise, as well as workers who were not exposed to such noise.

Researchers emphasized several key findings, including:

  • Workers in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting faced “significantly higher risks” for hearing difficulty, tinnitus and the occurrence of both conditions.
  • Workers in manufacturing faced significantly higher risks for tinnitus and the co-occurrence of hearing difficulty and tinnitus.
  • Workers in life, physical and social science occupations faced a significantly higher risk for hearing difficulty.
  • Workers in architecture and engineering roles faced a significantly higher risk for tinnitus.

Twenty-three percent of workers exposed to occupational noise had hearing difficulty, compared with 7 percent of workers who had hearing difficulty despite not being exposed to occupational noise, NIOSH stated.

Read more  . . . work-related hearing loss



AMI Environmental
Aug 22, 2013

 What is ‘s Occupational  Standard?
OSHA regulations stipulate that if “any employee’s exposure equals or exceeds an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels, the employer shall develop and implement a noise monitoring program.”

What are some signs that your  has hazardous noise?

• If at work, you have to raise your voice for someone standing an arm’s length or less away to hear you.

• There is a ringing in your ears after you leave work.

• You have temporary hearing loss upon leaving work.

How can you test if the noise level at your workplace reaches dangerous levels?
You can’t be sure whether you’re being protected from hazardous noise or meeting OSHA regulations without completing an audiometric test. But you can compare your noise exposure levels at work to these everyday noises to get a vague idea of your risk level:

• 80 dB – Dial tone of a phone

• 85 dB – City traffic from inside a car

• 90 dB – Truck traffic or a train while at 500 ft

• 95 dB – Subway train at 200 ft

• 100 dB – Snowmobile or Motorcycle

• 107 dB – Power mower

While these comparisons can give you can vague idea of whether or not your workplace complies with OSHA standards, it is important to get a formal test done to make sure you and your employees are protected.

See resource article  . . . . Noise