A Preliminary Study of Hearing Protection & Non-impact, Blast-induced Concussion in US Military Personnel.

Research Paper Title Preliminary study of hearing protection and non-impact, blast-induced concussion in US military personnel. Background To examine the relationship between hearing protection and non-impact, blast-induced concussion in US military personnel. This was a retrospective cohort study. Methods A total of 501 US service members from the Expeditionary Medical Encounter Database with hearing protection… Read More


Pardon … Does Diving Affect the Hearing of Asian Military Divers?

Research Paper Title Does diving affect the hearing of Asian military divers? A study in the Republic of Singapore Navy. Background This study examined whether military diving during a National Serviceman’s two-year term of service affected his hearing threshold levels. Methods A retrospective cohort study was designed to examine the hearing thresholds of divers (mean… Read More

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… Read More

Dosimetry, Hearing Loss & Tactical Environments

Research Paper Title Noise dosimetry for tactical environments. Abstract Noise exposure and the subsequent hearing loss are well documented aspects of military life. Numerous studies have indicated high rates of noise-induced hearing injury (NIHI) in active-duty service men and women, and recent statistics from the US Department of Veterans Affairs indicate a population of veterans… Read More

Can You Say That Again Sergeant!

Research Paper Title The viability of hearing protection device fit-testing at navy and marine corps accession points. Background The viability of hearing protection device (HPD) verification (i.e., fit-testing) on a large scale was investigated to address this gap in a military accession environment. Methods Personal Attenuation Ratings (PARs) following self-fitted (SELF-Fit) HPDs were acquired from… Read More

Loudness Discomfort Levels in US Veterans: Perception & Reality

Research Paper Title Subjective Reports of Trouble Tolerating Sound in Daily Life versus Loudness Discomfort Levels. Background A retrospective analysis of tonal and speech loudness discomfort levels (LDLs) relative to a subjective report of sound tolerance (SRST) was performed to explore the relation between the 2 commonly used clinical measures. Methods Tonal LDLs and SRST… Read More