Article  |   June 2010
Development of a Computer-Based, Multi-media Hearing Loss Prevention Education Program for Veterans and Military Personnel
Author Affiliations
  • Robert L. Folmer
    National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR
    National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR
  • Gabrielle H. Saunders
    National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR
    National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR
  • Serena M. Dann
    National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR
    National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR
  • Susan E. Griest
    National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR
    National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR
  • Marjorie R. Leek
    National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR
    National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR
  • Stephen A. Fausti
    National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR
    National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR
Article Information
Hearing Disorders
Article   |   June 2010
Development of a Computer-Based, Multi-media Hearing Loss Prevention Education Program for Veterans and Military Personnel
Perspectives on Audiology, June 2010, Vol. 6, 9-19. doi:10.1044/poa6.1.9
Perspectives on Audiology, June 2010, Vol. 6, 9-19. doi:10.1044/poa6.1.9

Purpose: Noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus are prevalent and costly problems for military personnel and Veterans. To reduce the prevalence and burden of these conditions, the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs are working together to develop an interactive, computer-based, multimedia hearing loss prevention education program that can be delivered at military bases, primary care or other medical settings.

Method: One participant at a time interacts with the program inside a sound-attenuated enclosure that is large enough for wheelchair access. A computer touch screen allows participants to select among a variety of activities, including a self-administered screening test of high-frequency hearing; learning why, when, and how to protect hearing; learning how hearing works and how loud sounds damage hearing; learning how sound intensity is measured and which sounds are too loud; listening to demonstrations of simulated hearing loss; learning how to select and use hearing protective devices; learning about tinnitus; and learning about hearing health care services available at each site.

Results/Conclusions: The program will be made available to all Veterans, military personnel, and other members of the public through the internet and at medical centers throughout the country.

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