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The Hearing Center of Excellence, or HCE, is led by medical and hearing health professionals with a wide range of skill sets, educational achievements, and backgrounds. The HCE leadership represents all branches of the Armed Forces, as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA. To better serve its constituents, the HCE leadership strives to fulfill its mission to heighten military readiness, and to optimize quality of life through collaborative leadership and advocacy for hearing and balance health initiatives.

Quick Fact


The cochlea is known as the “organ of hearing.” It’s shaped like a snail’s shell and has small hair cells called cilia that are bathed in fluid.

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

Hearing Health Challenge For Change

Take the challenge, pledge your commitment, and share your story in the prevention of hearing loss in America today.

The Hearing Center of Excellence is committed to promoting Hearing Loss Programs and Hearing Loss Prevention Initiatives across the DoD. Take the pledge to implement the Comprehensive Hearing Health Program (CHHP) at your local clinic and share with us how it's going for you!

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