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Diana Moon, DCoE Public Affairs
on July 17, 2014
Col. Debra McNamara, optometrist and TBI specialist at the Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic, demonstrates a vision test on optometry technician Spc. Nicole Chester. (U.S. Army photo by Shayna Brouker, USAG Wiesbaden)
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) will host its next webinar, “Hearing and Vision Impairment from Combat Trauma,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (EDT) July 24.
Service members exposed to combat blasts risk visual, hearing and vestibular injuries. Eye trauma accounts for approximately 15 percent of all battlefield injuries. Up to 75 percent of those affected experience short or long-term vision problems.
Hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) in service members and veterans is increasing 13-18 percent annually. They’re the top two most common service-connected disabilities among veterans.
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