Hearing health and care: the need for improved hearing loss prevention and hearing conservation practices.

  title={Hearing health and care: the need for improved hearing loss prevention and hearing conservation practices.},
  author={Stephen A. Fausti and Debra Wilmington and Patrick V. Helt and Wendy J. Helt and Dawn Konrad-Martin},
  journal={Journal of rehabilitation research and development},
  volume={42 4 Suppl 2},
Hearing loss affects 31 million Americans, particularly veterans who were exposed to harmful levels of noise during military functions. Many veterans also receive treatment with ototoxic medications, which may exacerbate preexisting hearing loss. Thus, hearing loss is the most common and tinnitus the third most common service-connected disability among veterans. Poor implementation of hearing protection programs and a lack of audiometric testing during medical treatment leave veterans… 

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