Operation BANG

About the BANG Contributors

Dorie Watkins

After receiving a Master of Science degree in Audiology, Dorie has worked exclusively in Hearing Conservation. She is the Director of Audiology at the Center for Hearing Health (CHH) where she manages over 750 hearing conservation programs administered annually by CHH via mobile test vehicles.

She is a certified course director for the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) and is a frequent presenter of both CAOHC courses and employee education programs. Dorie has made several television appearances on local news and programs regarding hearing health care topics. She has presented at several regional and national conferences including the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), and, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a contributing editor to the Spectrum journal published quarterly by the NHCA and is currently the chairperson of the task force on Hearing Conservation Education in the Public Schools.

As chairperson, Dorie has successfully developed and implemented hearing conservation education curricula that has reached thousands of children in the public schools throughout California, nationwide and abroad. This curricula is currently being reviewed by the California School Board Association for statewide recommendation as well as reviewed by state senators in order to author a resolution recommending that this program be implemented in all California public schools. With the support of both the SERTOMA Club and the National Hearing Conservation Association, the Hearing Conservation Education Task Force is currently conducting research on the prevalence of high frequency hearing loss in eighth grade children. This research project includes a questionnaire to evaluate the eighth graders’ knowledge of hearing conservation and practices. The results of the research project will be available for publication early next year.

Capt Tressie L. Waldo

Capt Waldo received a BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences (1988) and a MS in Audiology (1990) from the University of South Alabama. She worked as staff audiologist with a large ENT practice in Montgomery Alabama, then joined the Air Force in 1992. Since joining the Air Force, she has worked as a staff audiologist at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX and served as the Hearing Conservation Program manager at Kelly AFB, TX. She is currently the Course Director for Hearing Conservation Courses at the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks AFB, Texas. She plans and directs all Air Force hearing conservation and audiology training programs. She is Vice President for the Military Audiology Association and member of NHCA’s Public Relations committee and the ad hoc committee on Hearing Conservation Referral Criteria.