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Friday, February 8 • 2:10pm - 2:30pm
Noise Injury In The Military: Where Is It Really Coming From?

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This presentation will describe a military study with the intent to characterize noise and blast exposures experienced by specific subgroups in the military population and to identify with an unprecedented level of detail any resulting acute or short-term-acquired hearing changes. Many military operations cannot fully abate noise hazards without decreasing mission success, and the benefits of hearing-protection technologies are limited when exposures are unexpected or exceed a device's protective capabilities. These realities coupled with Veterans Affairs compensation for hearing loss and tinnitus signal the need to develop pharmaceutical interventions (both prophylaxis and rescue) for noise-induced hearing loss, yet the dose-response relationship with noise and the full spectrum of noise-induced auditory damage are still not fully understood. By employing state-of-the-art noise and blast measurement methods, boothless audiometry technology, comprehensive hearing assessment, and big-data analytics, this study will characterize the exact conditions in which our Service Members experience injurious noise, and develop a better understanding of the effects of injurious noise on hearing function. Study aims, design, and preliminary results will be discussed.


Quintin Hecht, Au.D, CCC-A, CPS/A

HoChunk Inc in support of the Defense Health Agency Hearing Center of Excellence
Quintin Hecht, AuD, is a research audiologist and senior program manager for the DHA Hearing Center of Excellence at Lackland AFB, TX. Dr. Hecht's experience includes assignments as the USAF Hearing Conservation Program Manager at the School of Aerospace Medicine, a clinical audiologist... Read More →

Christopher Smalt, PhD

MIT Lincoln Laboratory


Friday February 8, 2019 2:10pm - 2:30pm
Grapevine A

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