Quantifying a Soldier's Hearing Readiness Classification, as well as determining the extent of injury from noise exposure, requires a more thorough evaluation than monitoring audiometry. Delivering these clinical services as far forward on the battlefield as possible is critical to providing leaders with Soldier hearing status information and limits unnecessary loss of duty time incurred if a Soldier is evacuated for these services. Current operations have shown that it is feasible to place these sevices as far forward as the Combat Support Hospital (CSH). In garrison, clinical audiology services are a part of the Soldier readiness cycle.
Clinical Hearing Services is one of the four components of the Army Hearing Program:
Readiness, Operational, Clinical, Hearing Conservation