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Review of Alarm Technologies and Their Effectiveness to Wake Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations While Sleeping

About This Webinar

It is estimated that almost 1 out of 100 US citizens over the age of 12 experience hearing loss classified as severe (>60 through 80 dBA) or profound (>80 dBA) hearing loss. More than 14 out of 100 US citizens over the age of 12 experience hearing loss to some degree. Hearing loss is also more prevalent in older age; as the population ages, hearing loss is likely to increase. Audible and visible alarms are required in sleeping rooms, such as hotel rooms which may be occupied by people who are deaf or hearing impaired. Traditional fire alarms emit a high-frequency sound to alert the occupants of an imminent threat; however, these are typically neither appropriate nor effective at warning people who are deaf, and to some extent, people who are hard of hearing. This effect is further enhanced when people are asleep. People with significant hearing loss often compensate by using alternative devices such as bed shakers, portable devices that alert them of alarm activation by detecting the audible signal and vibrating in response, among others. Despite the critical role these devices play in life safety for people with hearing loss, they are not standardized and their effectiveness is not fully understood. This presentation will provide a review of the currently available alternative alarm and detection technologies and their respective characteristics, use cases, regulations and certification, and approval processes for the deaf and hearing-impaired community.

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Research Project Manager, Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF)
Research Project Manager at the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF), the research affiliate of NFPA, where she plans, manages, and facilitates research in support of the NFPA mission. Her research focuses on the hazards and protection strategies for emerging issues and technologies and the effectiveness and efficiency of various protection strategies on various populations.
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Fire Program Manager, International Association of Fire Chiefs
Richard Miller has over 43 years of experience in the fire service industry as a career and volunteer firefighter and now as a Fire Service Program Manager for the Firefighter Safety Research Center at the IAFC. He has held the positions from Firefighter to Training Officer for the City of Fairfax Fire Department in Virginia. His goal is to provide knowledgeable factual information to the fire service industry to meet a diverse community by established leadership, that meets the needs of the leading Fire Chiefs.
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The International Association of Fire Chiefs represents the leadership of over 1.2 million firefighters and emergency responders. IAFC members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.