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What has the program achieved?

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Research Goal 1

Research Goal 2

Research Goal 3

Research Goal 4

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Outputs and Transfer - Research Goal 1.4:
Develop data management tools for hearing loss prevention programs

The HearSā f 2000™ suite was completed in 2000. The HearSā f 2000™ suite of software allows the audiometric technician to see if a new audiogram is valid, to assess for threshold shift, to evaluate the effectiveness of hearing protectors, to see the progress being made to reduce each worker's exposures, and to make sure that each worker's training is appropriate and current. The HearSā f 2000™ suite allows the program manager to get a complete overview of the hearing loss prevention program at any time, making it easier to both gauge the effectiveness of interventions and accurately assess the overall hearing loss prevention program elements.

HearSaf 2000TM was beta-tested using the HLR program mobile unit in 2001. Subsequently, updated versions have been used for data collection in collaborative projects with General Motors and the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW).

Intermediate Outcome

The software is currently marketed as Hear/Trak by Hawkwa Group and as HearSaf Suite for Windows by Safe@Work, Inc. HLR program partners have estimated that HearSaf 2000TM is used by over 200 professional service providers as well as several hundred industrial facilities. It is estimated that at least 4 million employees are tested annually using Hear/Trak systems.[11]

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[11] Safe@work SM, Inc.

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