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.
Course created on September 2, 2015
- 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|
Douglas S. Brungart, PhD
Chief Scientist of the Audiology and Speech Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Dr. Brungart is currently the Chief Scientist at the Audiology and Speech Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, which serves as the flagship entity for clinical care in audiology and speech pathology within the DOD medical system and has a long-standing history of conducting world-class clinical and applied research in speech and audiology with direct relevance to military medicine. The Center is currently working with the U.S. Army Public Health Command in a major effort to conduct clinical and field studies to support the objectives of the U.S. Army Hearing Program, including an initiative to develop new “Auditory Fitness for Duty” standards for military personnel.
Dr. Brungart obtained his doctorate in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998. From 1993 to 2009, he worked at the Battlespace Acoustics Branch at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. Since 2009, he has been the Chief Scientist at the Audiology and Speech Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Brungart has published many peer-reviewed journal articles on auditory perception, and holds more than 10 U.S. patents related to auditory perception and speech communication. In 2009, he was designated as a "Fellow" by the Acoustical Society of America.
Since 2011, Dr. Brungart has served as the Interim Director of Research for the Hearing Center for Excellence (HCE), where his scientific research and subject matter expertise is being utilized to support the HCE mission.
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