Fort Carson: an army hearing program success story.

INTRODUCTION

The Army Hearing Program (AHP) is evolving from its predecessor,

the Army Hearing Conservation Program (AHCP). The AHP strives to prevent

noise--induced hearing loss during training and deployment operations

without compromising combat effectiveness.

In contrast, the older AHCP is a garrison-based model which worked

well in peacetime, but fell short of the mark with the onset of

Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. (1) The failures of the

garrison-based AHCP were well-documented by Helfer et al (2) who

investigated the rates of noise-induced hearing loss among several