Model for Estimating Life-Cycle Costs Associated with Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Technical rept., Apr 2005-Oct 2006
NAVAL SUBMARINE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB GROTON CT
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This report documents the development of a method for estimating the total economic costs of exposing sailors to high level, steady-state occupational noise. The costs accrue from inclusion of the sailors in the Navy hearing conservation program HCP and as a result of noise induced hearing loss NIHL sustained by the sailor. Calculation of associated economic costs requires a number of estimates and assumptions, which are provided by military audiologists and other practitioners in the Army, Navy and Department of Veteran Affairs VA. Based on 2004 values, Navy hearing conservation program costs were determined to be 91.25 for an annual audiometric test plus 12.21 for program overhead per sailor, or more if an apparent hearing loss was detected. Specialty referrals and hearing aids for active duty sailors cost an average of 440.03 per sailor annually for this population. The medical and compensation costs of the VA system were more difficult to capture in a simple model.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
- Military Forces and Organizations