British Armed Forces & the Incidence of Hearing Loss

As at 01 October 2017, there were 137, 280 currently serving British armed forces personnel, of which:

  • 2,450 (1.8%) had impaired hearing (H3), of which 337 also had a code for noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) recorded on their medical record.
  • 373 (<1%) had poor hearing (H4), of which 33 also had a code for NIHL recorded on their medical record.

NIHL was identified from the Defence Medical Information Capability Programme (DMICP), first rolled out in 2007, by using the following read codes:

  • DMSACA03: Audiogram shows potential noise induced hearing loss pattern.
  • DMSACM02: Medical officer (MO) assessed – screening audiometry consistent with mild NIHL.
  • DMSACM03: MO assessed – screening audiometry consistent with significant stable NIHL.
  • DMSACM04: MO assessed – screening audiometry consistent with significant progressive or rapid NIHL.
  • DMSACS02: Specialist diagnosis – mild NIHL.
  • DMSACS03: Specialist diagnosis – significant stable NIHL.
  • DMSACS04: Specialist diagnosis – significant progressive or rapid NIHL.
  • F5810: Unspecified noise effect on inner ear.
  • F5811: Acoustic explosive ear trauma.
  • F5812: Noise induced deafness.
  • F5812: Noise induced hearing loss.
  • F581z: Noise effects on inner ear NOS.

 

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