Military operations often involve high levels of noise and unique hearing-critical tasks, which can make it difficult for military audiologists to determine whether individuals with hearing loss can safely return to their duty assignments without endangering themselves and their colleagues. This webinar discusses some of the unique challenges of evaluating auditory fitness-for-duty in the military, and describes ongoing efforts to develop validated auditory standards that provide a direct link between clinical measures of auditory acuity and operational performance in military tasks.
- As a result of this presentation, the participant will be able to identify what a hearing critical task is and list at least two hearing critical tasks that might prevent a service member from performing effectively in an operational mission.
- As a result of this presentation, the participant will be able to describe the differences between the speech materials used in a typical clinical speech perception test and the kinds of speech stimuli that military personnel are likely to encounter in real-world operations.
- As a result of this presentation, the participant will be able to summarize the pros and cons of using standard clinical tests and functional tests that simulate the real world as tools for evaluating fitness for duty.
|5-20 Minutes||Importance of Hearing in Military|
|20-35 Minutes||Assessing Auditory Fitness for Duty|
|35-45 Minutes||Evaluating Operational Impact of Hearing Loss|
|45-55 Minutes||Possible Impact of Blast Exposure on Auditory Performance|
|55-60 Minutes||Summary; Q and A|
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