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A Note About Web Resources

The Web contains a wealth of resources. Using any of the common search engines, for example Yahoo, MSN, or Google, with search terms such as “hearing loss” or “tinnitus” will produce a robust listing for your review. In general, you should be cautious of information presented on the Web since anyone can host a Web site and present information. Your audiologist or healthcare provider can guide your search for trustworthy sites. This listing is by no means complete, but is presented for your convenience.

Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia (CEMM)

The Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia (CEMM) is a dynamic initiative from the Office of the Surgeon General aimed at supplying the most powerful interactive technologies available to Medical Treatment Facilities (MTF), Health and Wellness Centers (HAWC), and TRICARE civilian medical facilities.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 173,070 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

Center for Hearing and Communication

Established in 1910, the Center for Hearing and Communication is a not-for-profit organization that serves as an educational resource for consumers and healthcare professionals seeking information about hearing loss and hearing protection.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) works to protect America from health, safety, and security threats, both foreign and in the United States. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

Fisher House Foundation

Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital that they serve.

Harvard Health Publications

Harvard Health Publications is the media and publishing division of the Harvard Medical School of Harvard University. The goal of their publications is to bring people around the world the most current health information that is authoritative, trustworthy, and accessible, drawing on the expertise of the 10,000+ faculty physicians at Harvard Medical School.

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. HLAA is working to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raise public awareness about the need for prevention, treatment, and regular hearing screenings throughout life.

Institute of Medicine's Gulf War and Health

Institute of Medicine's Gulf War and Health, Volume 9: Long-Term Effects of Blast Exposures is an assessment of the relevant scientific information and draws conclusions regarding the strength of the evidence of an association between exposure to blast and health effects. The report also includes recommendations for research most likely to provide VA with knowledge that can be used to inform decisions on how to prevent blast injuries, how to diagnose them effectively, and how to manage, treat, and rehabilitate victims of battlefield traumas in the immediate aftermath of a blast and in the long term.

Johns Hopkins Medicine

The Johns Hopkins Division of Audiology, better known as Hopkins Hearing, provides a comprehensive approach to hearing healthcare services for patients of all ages.

Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic’s mission is to inspire hope and contribute to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education, and research.

MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus is an online service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The hearing disorder-specific section has helpful information, access to medical literature, and numerous links to other hearing health sites.

Military OneSource

Military OneSource is a confidential Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, National Guard, reserve members, and their families.

Some of its services include:

  • The Family Readiness System is the network of programs, services, people and agencies, and the collaboration among them, that promotes the readiness and quality of life of service members and their families. The services available through the FRS can help you develop new skills and tackle life’s challenges — in every stage of military life.

  • The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) works to prevent abuse by offering programs to put a stop to domestic abuse before it starts. When abuse does occur, the FAP works to ensure the safety of victims and helps military families overcome the effects of violence and change destructive behavior patterns. FAP staff members are trained to respond to incidents of abuse and neglect, support victims, and offer prevention and treatment. The following information will give you a better understanding of the FAP and how it supports families and the military mission.

  • The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) works with military families with special needs to address their unique needs throughout the assignment process and after families have settled into their new installation. Use these resources, tools, and articles to learn more about EFMP and the families it serves.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.

Retiree-At-Cost Hearing Aid Program (RACHAP)

The Retiree-At-Cost Hearing Aid Program (RACHAP) and Retiree Hearing Aid Purchase Program (RHAPP) were created to help those military retirees from active duty, Guard, and Reserve units who have hearing loss and/or tinnitus obtain hearing aids at significant savings. Retired Commissioned Officers of the US Public Health Service are also eligible for this program at military treatment facilities, under certain conditions.

TRICARE

TRICARE is the health care program for uniformed Service members (active, Guard/Reserve, retired) and their families around the world.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

The mission of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans.

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC)

Walter Reed National Military Medical Centers’s primary mission is to ensure the readiness and care of the Uniformed Services and their families. WRNMMC leads military medicine through outstanding patient-centered care, innovation, and excellence in education and research. It provides comprehensive care to prevent disease, restore health, and maximize readiness.

Quick Fact

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Hearing is the process of changing sound waves into electrical signals that the brain interprets as specific sounds.

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