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If you are a new HPO, you are required to attend an information course. Contact the Fort Hood Army Hearing Program Office at 285-6288 or 285-6348 to schedule training.
Hearing Protection Certification
The course will cover the fit, use and acquisition of a large variety hearing protection to include the combat arms earplugs and advanced communication enhancement and protection devices. For more information or to schedule a course, contact 285-6288 or 285-6348.
All suspected noise-hazardous areas and/or equipment should be surveyed. One way to determine if you environment might be noise hazardous is the three-foot-rule. If you have to shout to be understood by someone three feet away, the area should be assumed to be hazardous.
Certain areas may not be hazardous but might have enough noise to negatively impact operations and communications. This type of noise is called "nuisance noise". Generators are just one common source of nuisance noise.
If you have a training area that you would like surveyed, contact the Fort Hood Army Hearing Program office at 285-6288 or 285-6348.
Communication Enhancement and Protection Devices
Newer technologies have been developed to improve the capabilities of today's Soldier. These devices are designed to not only protect hearing but also cases enhance or improve hearing. Many devices also allow direct interface with a variety of one or more communications devices. These devices are encouraged for us in combat during dismounted operations. In order to promote a "train as you fight" mentality, these devices should be made available for Soldiers in / during training exercises as well. Contact the Hearing Program Manager at 285-6186 for more information on these devices.
Health Education Briefings
All noise-exposed personnel are required to receive an annual health education briefing on the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. This briefing can be provided by a representative from the Fort Hood Hearing Program or by an individual designated by the Installation Hearing Program Manager. To schedule a briefing, contact the Fort Hood Hearing Program at 285-6288 or 285-6348.
page last modified on: 5/7/2013