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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 42  |  Page : 14--21

Hearing loss in veterans and the need for hearing loss prevention programs

National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland VA Medical Center and Department of Otolaryngology, Oregon Health and Science University, USA

Correspondence Address:
Gabrielle H Saunders
National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland VA Medical Center, 3710 S.W. U.S. Veterans Hospital Road (NCRAR), Portland, OR 97239
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.45308

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Currently, there are more than 445,000 veterans receiving compensation for hearing loss associated with military service, and 395,000 receiving compensation for service-related tinnitus. In addition to compensation payments, service-related hearing disorders cost the US Department of Veterans Affairs in terms of provision of hearing aids, hearing aid-related services, and clinical services at its 220 facilities nationwide. It is imperative that hearing conservation among military personnel and veterans be addressed. In this paper, we describe the rationale for and the development of a multimedia Hearing Loss Prevention Program aimed at preventing the progression of hearing loss among veterans associated with social, recreational, and nonmilitary occupational noise exposure. The program was developed based on the principles outlined in the Health Belief Model of Rosenstock (1966) and the Health Promotion Model of Pender et al. (2002).


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