Accession Number:

ADA619355

Title:

Hearing Loss Associated with US Military Combat Deployment

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Report Date:

2015-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

To define the risk of hearing loss among military members in relation to their deployment experiences, data were drawn from the Millennium Cohort Study. Self-reported data and objective military service data were used to assess exposures and outcomes. Among all 48,540 participants, 7.5 self-reported new-onset hearing loss. Self-reported hearing loss showed moderate to substantial agreement k 0.57-0.69 with objective audiometric measures. New-onset hearing loss was associated with combat deployment adjusted odds ratio AOR 1.63, 95 confidence interval CI 1.49-1.77. Among deployers, new-onset hearing loss was also associated with proximity to improvised explosive devices AOR 2.10, 95 CI 1.62-2.73, and with experiencing a combat-related head injury AOR 6.88, 95 CI 3.77-12.54. These findings have implications for health care and disability planning, as well as for prevention programs.

Subject Categories:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Weapons Effects (Biological)
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE