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Hearing preservation with military personnel (Betes Heupa et al., 2024)

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posted on 2024-02-22, 16:12 authored by Adriana Betes Heupa, Pierângela Nota Simões, Cristiano Miranda de Araújo, Karinna Veríssimo Meira Taveira, Maria Renata José, Claudia Giglio de Oliveira Gonçalves, Débora Lüders

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to map the strategies used in hearing health education with military personnel during the Hearing Preservation Program (HPP).

Method: This study is a scoping review, with electronic searches conducted in online databases and gray literature: Latin American and Caribbean Literature in Health Sciences, PubMed/Medline, Scopus, Web of Science, ASHAWire, Google Scholar, and ProQuest Dissertation & Theses. Only studies describing, analyzing, or evaluating the application of the HPP to active duty or training military personnel were included.

Results: A total of 3,478 references were retrieved, and 12 studies met the inclusion criteria. The strategies were classified into five categories: focus group aimed at exploring knowledge and perceptions regarding hearing health (five studies), training on the proper fitting of hearing protection devices (four studies), the utilization of audiovisual materials (seven studies), questionnaires administrated before and after educational intervention (five studies), and feedback survey concerning the implemented hearing health education (three studies).

Conclusion: There are five strategies that aimed at assessing knowledge and attitudes, improving hearing health education, facilitating information access, and evaluating the applied actions.

Supplemental Material S1: Database search strategy.

Supplemental Material S2: Excluded articles and reasons for exclusion (n = 19).

Betes Heupa, A., Nota Simões, P., Miranda de Araújo, C., Veríssimo Meira Taveira, K., Renata José, M., Giglio de Oliveira Gonçalves, C., & Lüders, D. (2024). Strategies of hearing preservation with military personnel: A scoping review. American Journal of Audiology, 33(2), 586–605.


This research was made possible with the studies in Center for Advanced Studies in Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis and the Postgraduate Program in Human Communication Health of Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná. The first author is a doctorate scholarship holder of CAPES postgraduation program. The funding organization had no role in the design and conduct of the study; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of the data; in the decision to submit the article for publication; or in the preparation, review, or approval of the article.