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Global Outreach Branch

Overview

Hearing loss prevention and treatment is not an isolated issue. To be successful in combating this concern, it takes a collaborative effort across all military services and between various organizations. The Global Outreach Branch provides a mechanism to forge and manage such partnerships. The branch:

  • Reaches out to and maintains connections with allied departments, centers of excellence, or CoE, academic and industry leaders, national academies, international bodies, research and development agencies and military leaders in order to define and collaborate in areas of overlap, and maintain clinical readiness, enhance education, promote hearing loss prevention and mitigation, and develop strategic research partnerships
  • Strengthens ties within the HCE while also obtaining and maintaining alliances with academic and industry leaders currently focused on advancements in hearing and balance understanding, prevention, rehabilitation, and restoration
  • Partners with existing associations and organizations involved in addressing hearing and balance loss
  • Promotes education and awareness about causes of tinnitus, deafness, and the dangers of noise pollution and hazards to all communities of interest, including Veterans, members of the Armed Forces, professionals in academia and industry, audiologists, clinicians, researchers, investigators, military leaders, partners, and network participants
  • Disseminates educational updates and awareness to implement best practices, and
  • Maintains relationships with sister CoEs to define and collaborate in areas of overlap that are important for the combined research, diagnosis, treatment, mitigation, and rehabilitation for the multisensory impaired and polytrauma patient

Goals and Objectives

  • Continuously survey and execute a Department of Defense-wide hearing loss prevention public awareness campaign
  • Draft Department of Defense procedures for hearing aid purchasing standardization
  • Partner with hearing health advocacy groups
  • Promote and disseminate Fitness for Duty standards as they are developed, clinical practice guidelines, and clinical tools to the appropriate clinical and line communities
  • Continue to lead and develop partnerships within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Partners for Peace, and other allied initiatives addressing auditory injury and troop reintegration, and
  • Continue to promote collaboration with international partners to develop rehabilitation and restoration technologies

About Us

The Hearing Center of Excellence fosters and promotes the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, rehabilitation and research of hearing loss and auditory injury. It supports the development, exchange and adoption of best practices, research, measures of effectiveness and clinical care guidelines to reduce the prevalence and cost of hearing loss and tinnitus among Warriors and Veterans. Read more

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