Accession Number:

ADA454985

Title:

Postdeployment Hearing Loss in U.S. Army Soldiers Seen at Audiology Clinics from April 1, 2003, through March 31, 2004

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

ARMY CENTER FOR HEALTH PROMOTION AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Report Date:

2005-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

U.S. Army soldiers face unique noise exposures in the current deployed setting. The effects of these deployment-related exposures have not previously been documented. In an attempt to initiate this process, medical evaluations performed at military audiology clinics from April 2003 through March 2004 were reviewed to compare noise-induced hearing loss injury NIHLI outcomes among soldiers whose diagnoses were classified as postdeployment-related versus non-postdeployment-related. Sentinel NIHLI outcomes of interest included acoustic trauma, permanent threshold shift, eardrum perforation, tinnitus, and military-specific H-3 and H-4 hearing loss profiles. The results show that significantly higher rates of NIHLI and associated outcomes were observed among soldiers whose diagnoses were postdeployment-related. Based on the findings from this evaluation, recommendations are provided for enhancing the force health protection posture for prevention of hearing loss in future deployments. Key Words noise-induced hearing loss injury, surveillance, postdeployment, evidence-based practice

Subject Categories:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Noise Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE