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Inputs: Partners

Partnerships are integral to the NIOSH Hearing Loss Prevention Program. Input from customers and stakeholder groups, which have inherent knowledge and concern about preventing work-related hearing loss helps in setting research priorities. Collaborative research with our partners may include in-kind contributions which help to leverage NIOSH research dollars. Partners also add expertise or specialized experience to the research team, which benefits the research, analysis, interpretation, and communication of the results.

NIOSH hearing loss prevention researchers collaborate and work closely with a broad spectrum of the hearing conservation community. The stakeholder and customer list is extensive, including industry, labor, academia, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and professional organizations both domestic and international. These organizations may be research partners; they may also be users of our technology and scientific findings, peer reviewers, recipients of research grants and contracts, or sources of equipment, technology, or knowledge for advancing research in the hearing conservation community.

As part of the NA review of NIOSH hearing loss research, an inventory of partners and stakeholders was developed for each of the four current research areas. For each of these contacts, the nature of the relationship, the goals for the relationship, and any products or outcomes from the relationship are described. The inventory of partners may be reviewed below:

Acoustical Society of America (ASA) 
ASA is a professional association for men and women who work in acoustics throughout the U.S. and abroad. It’s the premier international scientific society in acoustics, dedicated to increasing and diffusing the knowledge of acoustics and its practical applications.

American Academy of Audiology (AAA)  
The American Academy of Audiology is the world's largest professional organization of, by, and for audiologists. The active membership of more than 10,000 is dedicated to providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders.

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) 
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has over 10,000 members and is “one of the largest international associations serving the needs of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals practicing industrial hygiene in industry, government, labor, academic institutions, and independent organizations.”

American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA)
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 145,000 members and affiliates who are speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally.

American Tinnitus Association 
ATA is a global leader in the effort to find a cure for tinnitus. The Association brings together patients, researchers, healthcare professionals, industry partners, and lawmakers to develop tinnitus management tools and fund vital tinnitus research.

Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) 
ARO encourages and promotes research, both basic and clinical, in the broad field of Otolaryngology and related areas. The Associations also fosters friendly assembly and stimulates scientific interest among its members.

Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC)
The Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation's (CAOHC) main objective is to provide education, information and guidance to industry and those serving industry regarding the successful implementation of an occupational hearing conservation program. It seeks to prevent occupational hearing loss.

Hearing Loss Association of America
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. HLAA is working to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raise public awareness about the need for prevention, treatment, and regular hearing screenings throughout life.

Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA (INCE)
The Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA (INCE/USA) is a non-profit professional organization incorporated in Washington, DC. A primary purpose of the Institute is to promote engineering solutions to environmental, product, machinery, industrial and other noise problems.

Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America
The Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America exists to enhance jobsite safety and health, improve the competitiveness of LIUNA signatory employers, and strengthen the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA). The Fund embraces the collaborative strategy of LIUNA and its signatory employers to build market share for union Laborers.

League for the Hard of Hearing
The League for the Hard of Hearing is now known as The Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC). CHC is a premier hearing center in New York City and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Center specializes in state-of-the-art hearing testing, hearing devices, speech therapy, and emotional health and wellness services for children and adults with hearing loss and auditory conditions.

Military Audiology Association (USA)
The Military Audiology Association’s mission is to ensure operational readiness and quality-of-life to the Fighting Force and eligible beneficiaries by providing cost-effective hearing health care through state-of-the-art audiological services, including prevention, medical surveillance, education, and research. The Association strategically places military audiologists to support the Fighting Force for success on the modern battlefield.

Mine Safety and Health Administration--Noise (MSHA Noise Rule 1999)
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is a part of the US Department of Labor. Their mission is to administer the provisions of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act), enforce compliance with mandatory safety and health standards, reduce the frequency and severity of nonfatal accidents, minimize health hazards, and promote improved safety and health conditions in the nation's mines.

National Association of the Deaf
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. The advocacy scope of the NAD is broad, covering a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more – improving the lives of millions of deaf and hard of hearing Americans.

National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA)
NHCA was formed in 1976 to provide a forum where others of similar persuasion could share information and gain increased insights regarding occupational hearing conservation. The Association's focus has broadened to not only include the prevention of hearing loss due to noise and other environmental factors in the American work force but also in the general population.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducts and supports research in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. The NIDCD's mission & strategic plans include conducting and supporting biomedical and behavioral research and creating research planning documents.

OSHA Noise and Hearing Conservation
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created by the same 1970 Congressional act that created NIOSH. Both organizations tend to work together closely – NIOSH focusing on research efforts and OSHA focusing on rule-making and enforcement.

Sight and Hearing Association
The Sight & Hearing Association is a nonprofit organization with a mission to enable lifetime learning by identifying preventable loss of vision and hearing in children. The Sight & Hearing Association (SHA), a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, was founded in 1939 as the Minnesota Society for the Prevention of Blindness. Today's Sight & Hearing Association is the only organization in the country working toward the prevention of, rather than the adaptation to, vision and hearing loss.

Additional Information

For information about partnering with the NIOSH Hearing Loss Prevention Program, contact the Hearing Loss Prevention Program coordinator . For general information about partnerships with NIOSH, contact the NIOSH Office of Research and Technology Transfer .


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