Hearing loss in veterans and the need for hearing loss prevention programs

Gabrielle Saunders, Susan Griest

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Currently, there are more than 445,000 veterans receiving compensation for hearing loss associated with military service, and 395,000 receiving compensation for service-related tinnitus. In addition to compensation payments, service-related hearing disorders cost the US Department of Veterans Affairs in terms of provision of hearing aids, hearing aid-related services, and clinical services at its 220 facilities nationwide. It is imperative that hearing conservation among military personnel and veterans be addressed. In this paper, we describe the rationale for and the development of a multimedia Hearing Loss Prevention Program aimed at preventing the progression of hearing loss among veterans associated with social, recreational, and nonmilitary occupational noise exposure. The program was developed based on the principles outlined in the Health Belief Model of Rosenstock (1966) and the Health Promotion Model of Pender et al. (2002).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-21
Number of pages8
JournalNoise and Health
Issue number42
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Health promotion
  • Hearing loss prevention
  • Multimedia program
  • Veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Speech and Hearing


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