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The potential risk of military service on hearing health and ear function is well documented.

The Hearing Center of Excellence focuses on the prevention and treatment of hearing loss and auditory injury among military personnel and veterans.

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Audiologist demonstrates importance of hearing conservation

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11/10/2020
Woman demonstrating how to insert a foam earplug into the ear

Hearing loss is a significant health and readiness issue for the U.S. military.

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Navy audiology increases medical readiness and hearing awareness

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10/29/2020
Soldier wearing mask, sitting at laptop with a container of ear plugs close by

"The mission of Navy Audiology is to prevent occupational-related hearing injuries and increase medical readiness."

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Pilot DoD/VA hearing program virtually trains technicians

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10/9/2020
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HCE virtually trains hearing technicians during COVID-19.

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HCE celebrates 10 years focused on hearing health

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7/14/2020
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Look back on 10 years of service, and what’s been done so far in support of the mission.

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Center develops tool to help service members select optimal hearing protection

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5/21/2020
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Hearing loss can have severe consequences for our health and future well-being.

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Portable system demonstrates capability to save hearing downrange

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5/13/2020
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Army audiologist demonstrates new hearing test system while deployed to Iraq.

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Innovative military hearing health programs showcased at national conference

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3/5/2020
Lt. Col. John Merkley, Army Public Health Center, tests out a boothless audiometry headset system, one of four systems demonstrated by manufacturers during a workshop hosted by the DoD Hearing Center of Excellence at this year's National Hearing Conservation Association Conference. (HCE photo)

Hearing standards for new Air Force recruits saved the military service millions of dollars

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World Hearing Day shines light on global hearing loss

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3/2/2020
Air Force Senior Airman Joseph Finigan, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft hydraulics systems journeyman, puts on a second layer of hearing protection over his dual in-ear headset at RAF Mildenhall, England. The headset enables communication by transmitting sound waves through the bones in the user's ear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

Hearing loss declines among service members, DoD civilians

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DHA PI 6025.12: Retiree At Cost Hearing Aid Program Retiree Hearing Aid Purchase Program (RACHAP)

Policy

This Defense Health Agency-Procedural Instruction (DHA-PI): a. Based on the authority of References (a) and (b), and in accordance with the guidance of References (c) through (r), establishes the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) procedures to establish common and uniform guidelines, standards, and procedures for all DoD MTFs providing hearing health services to beneficiaries through RACHAP. This program has been operating at self-selected MTFs without established DoD guidance. b. Enables MTFs with capacity and capability to provide hearing aid evaluation, selection, fitting, and follow-up appointments utilizing an at cost Federal Government contract price through RACHAP to RACHAP-eligible beneficiaries (“RACHAP-eligible beneficiaries” defined in the Glossary). c. Incorporates, cancels, and replaces Reference (s).

  • Identification #: 6025.12
  • Date: 7/12/2019
  • Type: DHA Procedural Instruction
  • Topics: Hearing Loss

Defense Occupational and Environmental Health Readiness System – Hearing Conservation (DOEHRS-HC)

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6/17/2019

The Defense Occupational and Environmental Health Readiness System – Hearing Conservation (DOEHRS-HC) is an information system designed to support personal auditory readiness and help prevent hearing loss through early detection.

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Combatting hearing loss remains top priority

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5/22/2019
Hearing Center of Excellence audiologist Dr. Amy Boudin-George conducts an audiogram using the Enterprise Clinical Audiology Application, known as ECCA, which is being deployed and implemented at military treatment facilities throughout the Department of Defense to improve the way data is computed and patient information is shared in a centralized environment.  (DoD photo)

The DoD recognizes May as Better Hearing and Vision Month

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A Soldier’s fight to regain the gift of hearing

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5/15/2019
Joseph Schweitzer and a friend take to the slopes at Stevens Pass, Washington, in early March 2019.  The former Army combat engineer received more than a decade of care to address hearing loss and a condition called otosclerosis, a plaque-like buildup around the ear drum and hearing bones in the ear.  He is now able to hear normally out of one ear, and can go without hearing devices if he chooses. (Courtesy photo)

Schweitzer attributes his ability to hear to the world-class care he received at Walter Reed

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Exiting an A-10C Thunderbolt

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9/30/2016
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Judith Bulkley, an electrical and environmental systems specialist deployed from the 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., exits an A-10C Thunderbolt II after performing an external power operations check on the aircraft at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Because service members in particular are often exposed to high noise levels, hearing protection is crucial, especially with a TBI. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephen Schester)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Judith Bulkley, an electrical and environmental systems specialist deployed from the 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., exits an A-10C Thunderbolt II after performing an external power operations check on the aircraft at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Because service members in particular are often exposed to high noise levels, hearing protection is crucial, especially with a TBI. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephen Schester)

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Lt. Col. James Morrison getting adjustments to cochlear implant

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9/22/2016
Dr. Elizabeth Searing (right) makes initial adjustments via a computer to Lt. Col. James Morrison's cochlear implant. Dr. April Luxner, an audiologist with Cochlear Corporation, was on hand to witness Morrison's reactions to hearing with his right ear after 12 years of deafness. (U.S. Army photo by Jeff Troth)

Dr. Elizabeth Searing (right) makes initial adjustments via a computer to Lt. Col. James Morrison's cochlear implant. Dr. April Luxner, an audiologist with Cochlear Corporation, was on hand to witness Morrison's reactions to hearing with his right ear after 12 years of deafness. (U.S. Army photo by Jeff Troth)

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Addendum to Guidance on the Establishment of Department of Defense Standardization for Ordering and Procurement of Hearing Devices Prostheses 13-006

Policy

This memorandum clarifies procedures relating to Health Affairs' "Guidance on the Establishment of Department of Defense Standardization for Ordering and Procurement of Hearing Devices/Prosthesis," dated August 15, 2013, which remains in effect.

  • Identification #: 13-006
  • Date: 10/20/2014
  • Type: Memorandums
  • Topics: Hearing Loss
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