Hearing readiness (HR) is a process to ensure that Soldiers have the required hearing capability and personal protective equipment such as hearing protection, for readiness, deployment, lethality and survivability. The purpose of HR is to identify early changes in hearing, and to provide education, individual counseling, and refit hearing protection to prevent further damage to hearing. Without proper HR, Soldiers may be sent into combat with less than optimum communication performance. Poor hearing jeopardizes the unit mission and increases the likelihood of a serious mishap due to a Soldier’s inability to understand verbal orders and radio communications, localize the direction of sounds, gauge distances accurately, and have good overall situational awareness.
Hearing Readiness is one of the four components of the Army Hearing Conservation Program:
Readiness, Operational, Clinical, Hearing Conservation