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Prevention

One of the core objectives of the Hearing Center of Excellence is to prevent hearing loss among Warriors and Service members, and Veterans. As part of this overarching goal, it is vital to have a framework and tools in place to monitor the effectiveness of prevention and treatment measures.

The Prevention and Surveillance Branch, which was established to lead this effort, assumes the following responsibilities:

  • Work in concert with hearing conservation leaders
  • Provide epidemiological evidence to support and sustain current effective measures
  • Advocate effective surveillance standardization throughout the Department of Defense, or DoD
  • Provide an education agenda and resources to enhance understanding of tinnitus and hearing loss, empower user participation and compliance, and promote personal accountability by each service member or Veteran for their hearing health, and
  • Ensure information gathered from Service members and Veterans with service-related hearing and auditory injuries is available to appropriate DoD and Department of Veterans Affairs personnel in order to optimize prevention strategies

Quick Fact

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On average, hearing aid users waited over 10 years after their initial diagnosis to be fitted with their first set of hearing aids.

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

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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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