Dr. Deanna Meinke is Professor of Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. She is a past president of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) and the Colorado Academy of Audiology. Presently, she chairs the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Safe-in-Sound Expert Committee and is the 2010 recipient of the NCHA's Threadgill Award. Her research interests include the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss, recreational firearm sound levels and the use of distortion product otoacoustic emissions for the early detection and monitoring of noise-induced hearing loss. Her passion for hearing loss prevention targeting children is highlighted by her collaborations with colleagues from the Oregon Health & Science University in the delivery of Dangerous Decibels educator training workshops in the U.S. (DMK), Canada (DMK) and New Zealand.
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the most common cause of hearing loss. This type of hearing loss is preventable. It is estimated that 5.2 million children in the U.S. may have NIHL. My expertise is utilized to evaluate noise hazardous exposures and develop/implement effective intervention programs. This also includes public health program/policy advocacy, especially related to work with the Dangerous Decibels program at www.dangerousdecibels.org and the National Hearing Conservation Association.
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