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Projects and Educational Resources

Safe Work Australia Getting Heard Project

Full report Occupational Noise-induced Hearing Loss in Australia published on Safe Work Australia website August 2010
Contact Perri Timmins

Some interest in looking into Tax Incentive schemes for engineering noise control.

Other Australian Projects

Audiologist/psychologist Edith Cowan University
Contact Dr Paul Chang
Using Auditory Simulations to Enable Prevention of Noise exposure in School-age Children and Young Adults - Report June 2010

'Sonic Silence' an interactive science exhibit developed with Scitech. Designed to look like an oversized set of headphones, the two listening booths give people a chance to experience what it is like to have noise-induced hearing loss and learn about preventative measures.

Has arranged for input on personal music players and hearing loss into Year 11 WA Integrated Science curriculum and is working with Warwick Williams of NAL to get more on noise and hearing loss into National Curriculum.

Primary School Discos (years 1 and 2) - plans to work with WA Parents and Teachers Association and interested parents and head teachers to monitor levels and raise awareness of potential hearing loss.

Ear Science Institute Australia, Subiaco
Contact Natalie Leishman
'Cheers for Ears' Currently targeted at students in years 5 to 7 (10 to 12 year olds), with a view to extend it to younger and older children. It involves a 1 hour interactive education session delivered in the classroom by ESIA's health promotion coordinator, using models, simulation of hearing loss, and group exercises. They have developed a free Android App  to monitor listening levels. It will send you notifications to alert you when you are listening at unsafe levels and will let you know how close you are to your maximum daily time limits.

'Hearing Discovery Centre' in foyer of new Subiaco building - large video screen and computer touch screens.

Grow Smart Foundation
Contact Julia Norris
'Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow' is a noise awareness program targeted specifically at 12-13 year olds. The aim of the program is to demonstrate the effects of playing personal music players such as MP3, mobile phones and iPods at dangerously high volumes over time. The fun, interactive multimedia program message is designed to be delivered through a variety of modes, from school classroom presentations to public community events.

FarmSafe WA
Contact Sheila Payne
'Preventing and managing hearing loss' - a series of workshops, forums, media promotions and audiometric tests in Wheatbelt area; plus an evaluation of existing resources targeting the prevention and management of noise-induced hearing loss in farmers, farm workers and their families. A pilot program funded by WA Health Department was completed July 2011.

AgHealth Australia
Noise Injury Prevention Project
Facts and pamphlets for farmers and shooters.

National Acoustic Laboratories (NSW)
Contact Warwick Williams
'Hear today, Hear tomorrow' project funded by OHS looking at effective programme for hearing loss prevention and hearing health awareness. The project aims to reduce the prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss in young people by promoting awareness of the dangers of excessive sound exposure and educating primary school students on ways to minimise hazards to hearing health.

The 'Profiles/leisure noise' project. The ultimate aim of this project is to develop measurement tool(s) capable of estimating the life-time noise exposure profile typical of the community; and of specific individuals typical of sub-groups of the community.
This includes Sound Check Australia - the National Noise and Hearing Survey

Occupational Noise Management Training SVT Engineering Consultants, Leederville

The WA Department of Mines and Petroleum poster on noise management.

International Projects

OSHA USA has commenced an outreach and compliance assistance effort to provide enhanced technical information and guidance on the many inexpensive, effective engineering controls for dangerous noise levels. It held a Stakeholders meeting in November 2011 on Preventing Occupational Hearing Loss - summary report.

NIOSH /NHCA USA Safe in Sound Awards
The objectives of these awards are to recognize organizations that document measurable achievements in hearing loss prevention programs, and to obtain and disseminate information on their real world successes.

Singapore Ministry of Manpower Awards and Tax Incentives

Online Resources

Hearing impairment and noise exposure calculators
Calculate expected hearing loss due to years of exposure to noise and ageing according to the model given in International Standard ISO 1999. (From Germany)

And noise exposure due to work and leisure sources.

UK Health and Safety Executive Noise page - Hearing Video, Hearing loss simulator, online hearing check, noise exposure calculator and noise control case studies.
And research report on 'Influencing dutyholders behaviour regarding the management of noise risks'

Sound Advice - UK HSE website giving practical advice for control of noise at work in music and entertainment.

Best Practice noise control at source (UK Industrial Noise and Vibration Centre)

Noise Control - A Guide for workers and employers (from US OSHA but based on original Swedish booklet). Gives clear examples of the different sources of noise and the principles for controlling them.

Worldwide Noise Control Product Catalogue (from Germany)
Including sound absorbing products, noise control products and low-noise tools.

NASA's Buy-Quiet Purchasing Program

US NIOSH Noise at Work Solutions
Including database of power tool noise levels, noise meter and training booklets for construction trades.

Noise in Agriculture from Denmark
Audio examples of noise sources and ideas for noise control.

E-A-R/3M Hearing Conservation
Much information about hearing conservation and hearing protectors from US expert Elliott Berger; including database of noise levels of 1700 noise sources (FAQ 2)

Honeywell/Howard Leight HearForever Educational Tools

Acoustical design for open plan offices (from National Research Council Canada)

Control Guide - Management of Noise at Work (Safe Work Australia)

British Columbia WorkSafeBC videos
'The Hearing Video' and 'Deaf to the Danger '(also on YouTube)

Dangerous Decibels (from Oregon USA)
Including a virtual exhibition - a collection of games, demonstrations and activities that will answer three important questions: What are the sources of dangerous sounds? What are the effects of listening to dangerous sounds? How do I protect myself from dangerous sounds?

Action on Hearing Loss Campaign (UK - formerly RNID) - An educational and campaign site to encourage people to listen to music responsibly.

Hear the World - An international initiative to educate the public on the importance of hearing.

Personal Music Players & Hearing - An assessment by the European Commission Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks. Good explanations of hearing process and effects of loud noise - choice of 3 levels of detail.