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The HCE plans to launch an integrated campaign focused on empowering military personnel and veterans to better understand, care for and protect their hearing.
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Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs)

The Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE) will collaborate closely with a network of existing Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical sites and treatment facilities already delivering excellence in the management of hearing loss and auditory-vestibular injury. These facilities demonstrate a combination of military expertise in otolaryngologic and audiologic medicine as well as residency training and education. They are equipped with full-scale care capabilities, including educational outreach, telehealth connectivity, and integrating arms to operationalize investigator-based research, develop clinical practice guidelines, investigate translational products or partner with labs to study relevant populations. Coordination with, and outreach to, such DOD and VA clinics/sites will strengthen the interagency network and will be outlined as practicable under the guidance of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

The list below includes links to additional information about each facility involved in the initiative.


Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (WHASC) San Antonio Military Medical Center

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC)

Madigan Healthcare System

Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC)

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC - Bethesda)

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP)

Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD)


Bay Pines VA Medical Center

Mountain Home VA Medical Center

Portland VA Medical Center

VA Polytrauma Centers

Other sites with Warrior Transition Units, high volumes of hearing loss and auditory injury, locations near deployment centers, or a mutual interest in investigator-initiated research in hearing or balance-related fields are also encouraged to collaborate.

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