Hearing Conservation and Readiness

Last Updated: March 06, 2023
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​​​Military Hearing Conservation and Readiness Programs reduce the impact of hazardous and occupational noise-exposures to maintain fitness-for-duty and protect mission readiness and situational awareness in training, garrison, and deployed environments. 

Military Hearing Conservation and Readiness Programs:

  • Prevent occupationally related noise-induced hearing loss
  • Maintain combat readiness
  • Maintain fitness for duty
  • Retain job or work specialty
  • Reduce cost of hearing loss
  • Promote healthy hearing & quality of life


Major Program Elements: 

  • Noise Hazard Assessment
  • Noise Controls
  • Audiometric Monitoring
  • Hearing Protection Devices (HPDs)
  • Hearing Conservation Education
  • Recordkeeping
  • Program Evaluation
  • Readiness
  • Fitness for Duty Evaluations


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Defects found in certain 3M CAEv4 earplugs​External Link - Service Members and Civilians enrolled in their installation Hearing Program (HP) should check for defects and contact their installation HP Office if replacement is needed. Installation HP staff should ensure CAEv4 earplugs are free of defect prior to any fitting. 

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