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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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Patients Contribute to Shape Future Hearing Loss Treatment

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6/21/2021
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Patient-focused meeting could lead to improved hearing loss therapies

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MHS Town Hall June 8 2021

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6/8/2021
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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Researchers find key senses impact readiness, survival

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6/8/2021
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Sound localization is a critical component of situational awareness, or to put it in layman’s terms, knowing what is going on around you

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MHS and MOS: "To Your Health" Town Hall

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6/8/2021
MHS and MOS: "To Your Health" Town Hall

For Vision and Hearing Loss Protection and Prevention Month, we welcome Dr. Theresa Schulz and Colonel Mark Reynolds to talk to us about the important topics of vision and hearing health.

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MHS and MOS Town Hall: "To Your Health"

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6/8/2021
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MHS and Military OneSource: To Your Health: A Discussion with experts from the Hearing Center of Excellence and the Vision Center of Excellence

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Stay Sight and Sound Ready

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6/2/2021
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Stay sight and sound ready by protecting your vision and hearing, getting routine exams, and telling your doctor when you're having problems.

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Strategies for hearing loss prevention help service members stay ready

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3/3/2021
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The Defense Health Agency is one of many healthcare entities celebrating World Hearing Day on March 3.

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DoD Instruction 6055.12: Hearing Conservation Program

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2/19/2021

In accordance with the authority in DoD Directive (DoDD) 5134.01 and the April 10, 2019 Deputy Secretary of Defense Memorandum, this issuance: •Implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for administering an HCP to prevent hearing loss resulting from occupational and operational illness and injury. •Establishes the DoD Hearing Conservation Working Group (HCWG). •Issues requirements for the integration of noise control into the life cycle of DoD systems and equipment. APPENDIX B

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Hearing Protection Measures

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H.R. 2500, HASC Report for FY 2020, 116-120, Pg. 102-103

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New report finds military hearing health is improving

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12/3/2020
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Noise-induced hearing loss is decreasing for active-duty service members.

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Audiologist demonstrates importance of hearing conservation

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11/10/2020
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Hearing loss is a significant health and readiness issue for the U.S. military.

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Navy audiology increases medical readiness and hearing awareness

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10/29/2020
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"The mission of Navy Audiology is to prevent occupational-related hearing injuries and increase medical readiness."

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Pilot DoD/VA hearing program virtually trains technicians

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10/9/2020
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HCE virtually trains hearing technicians during COVID-19.

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HCE celebrates 10 years focused on hearing health

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7/14/2020
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Look back on 10 years of service, and what’s been done so far in support of the mission.

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Center develops tool to help service members select optimal hearing protection

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5/21/2020
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Hearing loss can have severe consequences for our health and future well-being.

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