Blast-related ear injuries among U.S. military personnel.

  title={Blast-related ear injuries among U.S. military personnel.},
  author={Amber L. Dougherty and Andrew J Macgregor and Peggy P. Han and Erik Viirre and Kevin J. Heltemes and Michael R. Galarneau},
  journal={Journal of rehabilitation research and development},
  volume={50 6},
Blast-related ear injuries are a concern during deployment because they can compromise a servicemember's situational awareness and adversely affect operational readiness. The objectives of this study were to describe blast-related ear injuries during Operation Iraqi Freedom, identify the effect of hearing protection worn at the point of injury, and explore hearing loss and tinnitus outcomes within one year after injury. The Expeditionary Medical Encounter Database was used to identify military… CONTINUE READING


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