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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Children at Work and Play

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Web Site: www.hearingconservation.org/conf_childrenconf.html

Dates: October 19-20, 2006

Location: Embassy Suites River Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: May 15, 2006

First Ever National Conference on This Topic

Some Relevant Issues:


  • How great is the risk of noise-induced hearing loss for our children?

  • Are the underlying physiological mechanisms of noise-induced (NIHL) hearing loss the same in children vs. adults?

  • Is early hearing loss prevention education and intervention successful at changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of children and young adults?

  • What responsibilities do parents, schools, employers and public health systems have in preventing NIHL?

  • What are the resources, programs and research agendas needed to successfully prevent noise-induced hearing loss in children and adolescents, both at work and at play?
Sponsors:

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) Marion Downs Hearing Center Oregon Health & Science University University of Northern Colorado

Description:

The Conference will bring together a diverse group of basic and applied science researchers with expertise and interests related to the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). The purpose of the Conference is to explore and discuss the most recent theoretical and experimental work in the relevant fields in an effort to expand the practical applications of knowledge shared. The Conference will focus on the issue of NIHL in children in occupational and recreational settings.

Conference Goals:

  • To disseminate basic, applied and translational research related to the prevention of NIHL in children and adolescents with an emphasis on adolescent workers.

  • To provide a friendly, cross-disciplinary forum to exchange scientific knowledge, critiques and practical experience while providing a forum to explore cross-disciplinary and cross-agency mutually beneficial collaborations.

  • To engage new researchers and graduate students in the exploration of differing points of view and ideas not readily available in textbooks and to provide opportunities to interact with individuals working in the laboratory and the field.

  • To identify research gaps and research needs to further the advancement of hearing loss prevention programs targeting children and adolescents, both prior to entering the workforce and upon entry into the workforce.

  • To produce a series of scientific presentations that will be published and available to others not in attendance at the conference.

  • To provide a public scientific outreach opportunity for participating scientists and programs.
Target Audiences:

Auditory and health promotion researchers, physicians, audiologists, nurses, health and safety engineers, educators, public health professionals, occupational health specialists, health education professionals, employers, commercial product manufacturers and advocates/representatives from major organizations working in the field of noise-induced hearing loss.

Call for Papers

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: May 15, 2006

Types of Presentations:

Research Podium Lecture: Original reports or reviews of basic, applied or translational research.

Experiential Podium Lecture: This type of presentation would include innovative noise-induced hearing loss intervention programs targeting youth and young workers or similar health & safety programs whose general characteristics would be applicable to NIHL.

Panel and Audience Discussion: Topics which would have diverse viewpoints and are considered exploratory or controversial are appropriate for this type of submission.

Roundtable: Small group discussions hosted by roundtable facilitators designed to provide an opportunity for attendees to interact with each other and explore topic areas of mutual interest.

Hands-on Workshop: Presentations would incorporate hands-on practical learning opportunities for the attendees with a specific application to prevention of noise-induced hearing loss in children.

Poster & Interactive Displays: Posters may be used for the presentation of research activities or program efforts relative to the focus of the conference. Interactive displays of products, materials and activities can be presented.

To Make a Submission, go to www.hearingconservation.org/conf_childrenconf_SubmissionForm.html
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