Linking Lack of Ear Plug Use & Hearing Loss in Military Personnel

Research Paper Title Associations between earplug use and hearing loss in ROK military personnel. Background The easiest way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is to wear earplugs. The Republic of Korea (ROK) Ministry of National Defense (MND) is supplying earplugs to prevent NIHL, but many patients still suffer from this. The researchers speculated that… Read More

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Acute Acoustic Trauma in Dutch Military Personnel and Corticosteriod Therapy

Research Paper Title Effect of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and corticosteroid therapy in military personnel with acute acoustic trauma. Background Acute acoustic trauma (AAT) is a sensorineural hearing impairment due to exposure to an intense impulse noise which causes cochlear hypoxia. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) could provide an adequate oxygen supply. The aim was to investigate… Read More

World War I & Hearing Loss

Research Paper Title Hearing loss in the trenches – a hidden morbidity of World War I. Background One hundred years ago, millions of British and Allied troops were fighting in the trenches of the Great War. With a tenth of soldiers losing their lives, hearing loss seemed a low priority; however, vast numbers of troops… Read More

What is the Effect of Hearing-Protection Devices on Auditory Situational Awareness & Listening Effort?

Research Paper Title The Effect of Hearing-Protection Devices on Auditory Situational Awareness and Listening Effort. Background Hearing-protection devices (HPDs) are made available, and often are required, for industrial use as well as military training exercises and operational duties. However, these devices often are disliked, and consequently not worn, in part because they compromise situational awareness… Read More