3M Hearing Conservation Seminars

3M™ E-A-R™ Hearing Loss Prevention Seminars

Conducted by instructors who are among the industry's most respected hearing experts. Register today!

  • Upcoming Hearing Loss Prevention Seminars

    There's no better way to educate yourself and your staff about the current regulations, equipment choices, employee training programs and legal issues related to noise hazards and hearing conservation. Conducted by instructors who are among the industry's most respected hearing experts, these day-long seminars discuss, in detail, how to assess noise problems and properly protect your employees.

    Seminars focus on practical and applied solutions rather than highly technical matters. The topics covered are valuable to anyone involved in hearing conservation, from plant managers and insurance carriers to CAOHC technicians and occupational hearing conservation program team members.

    April 23, 2019
    DoubleTree by Hilton Pleasanton at The Club
    7050 Johnson Drive
    Pleasanton CA 94588

    May 29, 2019
    Indianapolis Marriott East
    7202 East 21st Street
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46219          

    June  27, 2019
    Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
    165 Courtland Street NE
    Atlanta, Georgia  30303

    September 17, 2019
    Houston Area Safety Council
    5213 Center Street
    Pasadena, TX 77505

    October 23, 2019
    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Laurel
    15101 Sweitzer Lane
    Laurel, MD  20707


  • Course Description

    Administration of a comprehensive and effective hearing conservation/hearing loss prevention program consists of more than merely purchasing and dispensing hearing protectors. Noise monitoring, sampling strategies and employee training are but a few of the additional important aspects of an overall program. This seminar will review these issues and others in a practical and realistic manner, providing state-of-the-art recommendations to promote effective protection of the worker and compliance with the law.

    Emphasis will be placed upon an understanding of how hearing protectors function, how they are tested and rated, how they perform in the real world, and how they affect employees’ ability to function on their jobs.

    Commercially available products will be discussed with respect to their performance and selection, fit, use, and care. New evidence supporting the benefits of individual fit testing will be presented.

    Attendees will learn about best practices for monitoring noise exposure and using noise exposure data to make key decisions related to noise controls, hearing protector selection and determination of work-relatedness The importance of worker training and motivation will be emphasized along with interactive techniques that can be used to make annual training programs more engaging and memorable.

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  • Who Should Attend

    The program is designed for industrial, government, and military personnel who are involved in, or responsible for hearing conservation and the dispensing of hearing protection devices. Attendees normally include: industrial hygienists, health and safety personnel, nurses, audiologists, consultants, engineers, medical staff.

    Applicants should possess a basic understanding of noise measurement terminology and existing noise legislation, although attendance is open to all who are interested.

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  • Continuing Education

    Full-day attendance and completion of a course evaluation form is required.

    This program offers up to 6.5 contact hours (1,0 CEU) from the Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach of participation in a structured continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship and qualified instruction.

    Participants are expected to claim contact hours only for actual time spent in this learning activity. This activity is co-provided by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

    This program is designed to meet the criteria for ABOHN recertification

    This program has been designed to meet the criteria for 1.0 COC as specified by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

    This program contains 6.5 hours of technical content which can be claimed for ABIH CM credit (1.0 CM Point).

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Seminar Leaders

  • Ted Madison

    Ted Madison, M.A., CCC-A

    Ted Madison is a Technical Service Specialist for the 3M Personal Safety Division providing technical support, education and training in hearing loss prevention and hearing protection. He received a Master’s degree in Audiology from The University of Iowa in 1984. Ted is a CAOHC-certified course director at the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety at the University of Minnesota. The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) awarded Ted with Michael Beall Threadgill Award for outstanding leadership and distinguished service in 2008 and its Outstanding Lecture Award in 2002. He is a Past President of NHCA, a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), and a representative of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) to the ANSI S3 Bioacoustics committee. When time allows, Ted brings his passion for hearing loss prevention into the classroom as a Dangerous Decibels™ educator, teaching young people about the joys of hearing and encouraging them to make healthy hearing choices.

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  • Laurie Wells

    Laurie Wells

    Laurie Wells is a board-certified audiologist and Regulatory Affairs Specialist for 3M Personal Safety Division. She received her Master’s degree from University of Arizona and her clinical doctorate degree from Salus University School of Audiology. Laurie is a Certified Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring Program©. She provided audiology review, audiometric database analysis, assessment of hearing protection devices, employee/employer education, and employee noise exposure assessment for hearing conservation programs both large and small. Laurie is Chair of the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) and as a Certified Course Director has taught numerous CAOHC courses, graduate audiology courses, and made frequent presentations at professional conferences. Laurie is past-president of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), and served on the NHCA board from 1999-2007. She has been awarded both the Michael B. Threadgill Award and the Outstanding Speaker award by the NHCA. She is a member of the Acoustical Society of America, American Academy of Audiology, American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), American Speech- Language-Hearing Association, and Colorado Academy of Audiology.

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  • Cliff Frey, CIH

    Cliff Frey, CIH

    Cliff Frey has been a Certified Industrial Hygienist since 1997 and has 30 years of experience across a wide range of occupational settings. As a Technical Service Specialist for 3M's Personal Safety Division, Cliff is the technical lead for passive hearing protectors and the EARfit™ Dual-Ear Validation System. Cliff has delivered numerous lectures and webinars on these topics and others internationally. Cliff brings a practical, real-world perspective to the course by drawing on his past experience as a plant industrial hygienist, where he led program improvements in hearing conservation, noise control engineering, and respiratory hazard management.

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