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

Amber L. Dougherty, MPH, et al.

Blast-related ear injuries are a concern during deployment because they can compromise situational awareness. We studied the effect of hearing protection and examined hearing loss and tinnitus following blast-related ear injuries. Eardrum ruptures and ear injuries with tinnitus were most common. Hearing protection reduced the risk of ear injuries with tinnitus. Personnel with eardrum rupture had higher odds of hearing loss and tinnitus outcomes than those without eardrum rupture. Ear injuries and hearing impairment are common following blasts. Hearing protection is warranted for all servicemembers at risk for blast exposure.

Volume 50 Number 6, 2013
   Pages 893 — 904

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Dougherty AL, MacGregor AJ, Han PP, Viirre E, Heltemes KJ, Galarneau MR. Blast-related ear injuries among U.S. military personnel. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013; 50(6):893–904.

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