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VIP, September 1997

Elliott H. Berger, M.S., INCE, Board Certified

Elliott received his B.S. from Renssalear Polytechnic Institute and his M.S. in Acoustical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is the Senior Scientist, Auditory Research for Aearo Company, where he developed, and currently manages, the E-A-RCAL(sm) Acoustical Laboratory, the heart of which is a 113 cubic meter fully-instrumented semi-reverberant chamber. The E-A-RCAL facility is one of only three hearing-protector testing laboratories accredited under the Department of Commerce's National Voluntary Laboratory Certification Program (NVLAP). At Aearo Company, Elliott is involved in product development and customer interface and education. He recently embarked upon developing a series of audio demonstrations cassettes, the second of which is in production at this time.

For over a twenty years Elliott has been intensively involved in hearing-protector related research and development. He has authored over 50 journal and magazine articles, hearing-protection chapters in eight text books, and the on-going EARLog Series. He coordinated and served as principal editor for the 4th edition of the American Industrial Hygiene Association's Noise & Hearing Conservation Manual. Elliott is a frequent speaker at conferences, symposia, and workshops, having presented over 125 lectures in the U. S., Canada, and Mexico, as well as Europe, New Zealand, and Australia.

In 1986 Elliott was invited to be an expert panelist and the Noise Workshop rapporteur at the NIOSH sponsored (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health), National Symposium on the Prevention of Leading Work-Related Diseases and Injuries. In 1990 he was invited as an expert in the field of hearing protection and hearing conservation to speak at the NIH (National Institute of Health) Consensus Development Conference on Noise and Hearing Loss. Most recently (1991) he was asked to chair a working group on "Consumer Noise Sources and Hearing Protection," as part of a jointly-sponsored scientific conference entitled Combatting Noise in the '9Os: A National Strategy for the United States.

Elliott is the chair of the Acoustical Society's working group S12/WG11 Hearing Protector Attenuation and Performance which just completed developing an improved standard for a realistic rating of hearing protector attenuation (ANSI S12.6-1997). He is also involved with numerous other U. S., Canadian, and international technical and standardization committees. He is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), Board Member of the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC), Chair of the U. S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for ISO TC94/SC12 (Hearing Protectors), Past President of the National Hearing Conservation Association, Past Chair of the Noise Committee of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and a member of many other professional organizations including the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE), and the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV).


Here are some important websites Elliott suggests you check out or to listen to his audio demonstration click here.

Aearo Company : E-A-R hearing protection
NHCA
ASA
AIHA
ASHA
INCE
CAOHC
NIOSH
NIH

 





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