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content/uploads/2016/11/Fighter-Jets.jpg)Serving in
the armed forces is an inherently risky job, and
hearing loss is the most common health issue
a!ecting American soldiers. After returning from one
or more tours of duty, hearing loss and persistent
tinnitus can make it di"cult for veterans to find
civilian jobs and lead healthy, comfortable lives.
That’s why the Air Force is conducting a study
(http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/853683/af-begins-study-on-noise-
exposures.aspx) aimed at finding new ways to prevent hearing loss before it becomes
debilitating.

The study is a component of the Air Force’s Total Exposure Health
(http://www.airforcemedicine.af.mil/News/Article/702564/total-exposure-health-an-
innovation-in-precision-health/) (TEH) initiative. This initiative was designed to track and
analyze a variety of environmental factors or “exposures” that can have an impact on both the
personal and professional lives of soldiers. Examples of such exposures include vehicle
emissions, UV rays and loud noises.

By studying the cumulative effects of these exposures, the
Air Force Surgeon General hopes to develop new
preventive treatments to protect soldiers from
environmental hazards.

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In the first phase of their study on hearing loss, the Air Force will provide participants with
sensing equipment that monitors noise exposures throughout their day-to-day lives. While
other studies have examined only workplace noise exposure, this study aims to gain a more
comprehensive picture of all the sounds a person is exposed to throughout the day.

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“I think a lot of us would be amazed if we actually knew what was too noisy,” said Col. Kirk
Phillips, consultant to the Air Force surgeon general for bioenvironmental engineering.
“Noise sources that are lower in value, once we’ve had some of those higher-level exposures,
can be concerns.”

Although the low-level clatter of a co!ee shop might be relatively benign under ordinary
circumstances, it could have a cumulative negative e!ect on a person’s hearing when
coupled with other louder exposures. Phillips and the other researchers are interested in
finding strategies to mitigate the cumulative e!ects that these noise exposures can have on
soldiers.

(http://espamerica.com/u-s-army-develops-aim-assist-exoskeleton/)In the second phase of
the study, the Air Force will provide participants with a variety of hearing protection products
and allow them to decide which ones best suit their needs.

Once the study is complete, the Air Force will evaluate
the participants’ responses and use that information to
find new strategies for preventing hearing loss.
“We’re not just collecting noise information and saying you’re above or below … We’re using
very advanced analytics to produce a course of action,” said Dr. Richard Hartman, chief
health strategist for the TEH initiative. “This is the reason we chose noise as it’s one we’re all
exposed to no matter what your age is, no matter what your profession is.”

In addition to finding new preventive treatments for hearing loss, the Air Force also hopes to
educate members of the Armed Forces about the risks of noise exposure and their options
for protecting their hearing. This way, soldiers can make better, more informed decisions
about their hearing health in the future.

Here at ESP, we’ve been doing our part to prevent hearing loss for more than 20 years. Our
dynamic hearing protectors are designed to shield your ears from harmful sounds, while
allowing you to hear safe ambient noise clearly and reliably. You can learn more about how
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One reply on “US Air Force Conducts Study Designed to
Prevent Hearing Loss“

Gilbert X. Alvarez
November 9, 2016 at 2:30 am (http://www.espamerica.com/us-air-force-conducts-
study-designed-prevent-hearing-loss/#comment-7253)

Question: I am a retire Air Force Master Sergeant of 23 years with hearing loss and now
working for CBP U.S. Customs. I am supposed to be wearing hearing aids but the loud noises
I get some times cause more pain, so I don’t wear them. Will Tri Care cover part of the cost?
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