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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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Battlespace acoustics branch protects hearing, human performance

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8/17/2018
Dr. Eric Thompson, a research engineer with the Warfighter Interface Division, Battlespace Acoustics Branch, part of the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, sits inside their Auditory Localization Facility. The facility allows researchers to test 3-D audio software that spatially separates sound cues to mimic real-life human audio capabilities. The application allows operators in complex communication environments with multiple talking voices to significantly improve voice intelligibility and communication effectiveness. The technology, which consists primarily of software and stereo headphones, has potential low-cost, high-value application for both aviation and ground command and control communication systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Richard Eldridge)

We look at how noise is being generated, how it propagates, and what that means for Airmen in the field

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Air Force NCO resumes career after tumor, hearing loss

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5/16/2018
Air Force Master Sgt. Geoffrey VanDyck, the 707th Force Support Squadron’s first sergeant, views an image of the tumor found on his auditory nerve, at Fort Meade, Maryland. In May 2005, VanDyck was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma, a noncancerous, normally slow growing tumor that develops on the main vestibular nerve that leads from the inner ear to the brain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Veronica Pierce)

He had the constant feeling of water in his ear – he knew something was wrong

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Dedicated audiologists use clever tools to combat hearing loss

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5/11/2018
Army audiologist Maj. William Gottlick, (right) Lyster Army Health Clinic, Fort Rucker, Alabama, conducts an otoscopic exam during an annual hearing test. (Army photo by Jennifer Stripling)

Hearing loss and tinnitus have steadily increased over the last two decades among Veterans

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Research network works to combat number one disability claim among veterans

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5/4/2018
From flight line operations to firearms qualification ranges, aircraft maintenance back shops, vehicle repair shops, or civil engineering shops, noise brings the potential of hearing loss if proper personal protective hearing equipment is not available or utilized. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Noise brings the potential of hearing loss if proper personal protective hearing equipment is not available or utilized

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Traumatic Brain Injury and the Art of Paddling

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3/7/2018
Collins enjoys stand-up paddle boarding for how it helps him with TBI. His service dog, Charlie, likes it too. (Courtesy Photo by U.S. Army Special Operations veteran Josh Collins)

A U.S. Army veteran’s recipe for embracing life after several TBIs

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With success comes ‘great momentum’ in hearing center’s future

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7/13/2017
Marine Staff Sgt. Charles Mitchell takes the annual audiogram test at Camp Pendleton, California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Khoa Pelczar)

DoD’s Hearing Center of Excellence works closely with other departments and organizations, including VA and NIH, to facilitate research focused on prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of hearing issues

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May is better speech and hearing month

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5/10/2017
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds maintenance professionals, wearing hearing protection, watch  Thunderbird 5 taxi out during the Wings of Freedom Open House and Air Show performance, Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Auditory injury is an invisible condition that is often viewed as an unavoidable, acceptable consequence of military service, but service-related hearing loss is largely preventable. Most hearing protection, if worn properly during noise-hazardous conditions, is effective in preventing hearing loss. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Stan Parker)

The Veterans Benefits Administration reports that tinnitus and hearing loss are the top two service-connected disabilities for U.S. military veterans

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DHA to welcome Hearing Center of Excellence to agency

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12/5/2016
The roar of a howitzer. The piercing scream of a jet engine. These are just a couple of the deafening sounds service members have to deal with. It’s just the nature of the business for the military, and no wonder why noise-induced hearing loss can be so prevalent among service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Stephen D. Schester)

The center comes under formal control of the Defense Health Agency Dec. 11, 2016

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Hearing loss and brain injuries

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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)

Becoming aware of how your surroundings can affect your hearing is a key factor in managing hearing problems associated with TBI

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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 ...

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Cochlear implant opens up the world for Army colonel

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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)

In the past 12 years, Army Lt. Col. James Morrison has seen ear, head and neck, and neurology specialists at the six posts where he was stationed

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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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Army Hearing Program

Policy

Department of the Army Pamphlet 40-501

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

Fact Sheet
10/1/2013

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

Policy

The Defense Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE), which is focused on improving prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of hearing loss and auditory system injury, has identified a significant improvement in the ordering and procurement of hearing devices.

  • Identification #: 13-006
  • Date: 8/29/2013
  • Type: Memorandums
  • Topics: Hearing Loss
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