Hearing Protection

The Army in action is filled with noise, which is one of the reasons why hearing loss can be a significant problem for soldiers and veterans, and also why so much emphasis is given to hearing protection. Well-fitted combat ear plugs have proven effective in noisy environments, and research continues into other initiatives. Soldiers are strongly encouraged to have ear plugs with them so they are always available when needed.

What to watch: The Department of Defense’s Human Performance Resource Center has a lot of advice on minimizing the risk of hearing problems. One of them is to limit exposure to “annoying noise” during normal daily activities…which presumably does not mean avoiding your spouse or supervisor.