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Marine Corps Addresses Hearing Loss and Prevention

Marine Corps Now Requires Yearly Hearing Test for All Service Members

From The Hearing Review, 1/23/2012

According to an article published in the Marine Times, all active duty Marines will now be required to have annual hearing tests. The mandate now includes non-combat troops who may also be exposed to loud noises.

The article cites Marine administrative message (MARADMIN) of January 12, 2012, which states that Marines who have not had a hearing test in the past year, must get one before May 5, 2012. The message further states that the goal of the new policy is “100{31ab897a4370feb218155abc15d7b38f5bba01528a749bd66fe114ec092a63fc} hearing readiness.”

Additionally, active-duty units now are required to have a “hearing-readiness training standdown” within 4 months of the MARADMIN message date; reserve units will have 6 months.

A “standdown” is the military’s term for a temporary stop of offensive military action. In other words, the order means that all members will be required to take time from their active duties to take a course on hearing conservation.

Marines who work in noisy environments such as aviation, artillery, infantry, and armor have always been required to have hearing screening tests, but even service members in non-combat environments, such as kitchens, are subject to high levels of noise from industrial-sized blenders, dish washing machines, and other industrial food preparation devices.

The MARADMIN also requires units to conduct baseline inventories of noise levels and mitigation measures, including proper fittings of ear protection for Marines.

SOURCE: The Marine Times and United States Marine Corps

Thanks to Bob MacPherson