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MHS and MOS Town Hall: "To Your Health"

Image of Images of Dr. Theresa Schulz and Colonel Mark Reynolds. MHS and Military OneSource presents a discussion with experts from the Hearing Center of Excellence and the Vision Center of Excellence.

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Join us live on Tuesday, June 8 at noon ET, for the next Military Health System-Military OneSource Town Hall! Titled "To Your Health," we'll be joined by experts from the Hearing Center of Excellence and the Vision Center of Excellence to discuss the important topics of vision and hearing health. Dr. Theresa Schulz is the Chief of Prevention and Surveillance at HCE, and Colonel Mark Reynolds, U.S. Army, Chief, VCE. 

June is Vision and Hearing Loss Prevention and Protection Month. The DOD is committed to protecting the sensory health of service members. Healthy vision and hearing is vital to ensure service members are able to perform effectively, efficiently, and safely on and off duty.

Please also join us on June 22, 2021 for another COVID-19 Town Hall update!

Vision and Hearing Loss Protection and Prevention Month: Stay Sight and Sound Ready

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Hearing Protector Fit-Testing Requirement in the Department of Defense

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Significant updates to the Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 6055.12 “Hearing Conservation Program” are expected to be published in April 2023. The significant change is a new requirement for initial hearing protector fit-testing to be conducted for all DOD personnel who have documented noise exposure greater than or equal to 95 dBA 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) and who are enrolled in a service hearing conservation program (HCP).

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National Glaucoma Awareness Month

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There’s no cure for glaucoma, but early detection and treatment can protect your vision. Learn more and see if you’re at risk. https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/outreach-campaigns-and-resources/glaucoma-resources/glaucoma-awareness-month #GlaucomaAwarenessMonth

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Mobile Hearing Tests Prove Successful in the Field and Beyond

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Vision Research Month

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It’s #VisionResearchMonth! Thanks to talented doctors and scientists committed to researching vision, we have the tools at our disposal to keep our eyesight #MissionReady at all times. https://health.mil/VCEHome

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The Defense Health Agency launched the first of four Ocular Trauma Centers, which will become primary hubs for the treatment of complex eye injuries and development of cutting-edge research programs.

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Hearing and vision are vital components of force readiness and quality of life. Regular hearing and vision checkups can ensure you are #SightandSoundReady. https://www.dvidshub.net/video/796691/stay-sight-and-sound-ready

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Vision and hearing are critical components of everyday life. Guard your senses to prevent hearing and vision injuries. Learn more: https://vce.health.mil; https://hearing.health.mil, and follow HCE on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/DODHCE #SightandSoundReady

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To be #SightandSoundReady, schedule regular exams to maintain vision and hearing health. Your readiness and well-being depend on it. https://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Total-Force-Fitness/Preventive-Health/Vision-and-Hearing-Loss-Prevention

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What protective equipment is right for you? The Authorized Protective Eyewear List and Hearing Protection Device Evaluated Products List help service members select proper gear. APEL: https://www.peosoldier.army.mil/Equipment/Approved-Eyewear-QPL/ HPD EPL: https://hearing.health.mil/Prevention/Evaluated-Hearing-Protection-Devices

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Vision and hearing health impact every aspect of our lives. Protect your senses so that you can stay ready and connected. https://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Total-Force-Fitness/Preventive-Health/Vision-and-Hearing-Loss-Prevention #SightandSoundReady

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