Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Program

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Noise-Induced Hearing Loss program develops science and technology solutions aimed at optimizing warfighter performance and enhancing the flexibility, efficiency and safety of all warfighter missions. An important result of this program is to decrease the incidence of noise-induced hearing loss/tinnitus and improve situational awareness/communications in noisy operational environments. Solutions should extend the reach of the warfighter and allow freedom of action in sea, air and land operations. Solutions from diverse areas such as biological, computer, engineering and behavioral sciences are encouraged, with the objective of developing improved methods, models, treatments and devices for understanding, preventing or mitigating adverse health effects associated with noisy operational environments (including psychological) that negatively impact Navy/Marine Corps operations.

Program interests currently include, but are not limited to, understanding the pathology and etiology of noise-induced hearing loss/tinnitus, pharmaceutical strategies to protect and/or recover from noise-induced hearing loss, cell regeneration, personal hearing protection equipment, dosimetry, talk-though circuitry and custom-molded hearing protection technologies to improve warfighter effectiveness in combat and high-noise operational environments.

Program Contact Information

Name: Kurt Yankaskas

Title: Program Manager

Department: Code 34

Division: Warfighter Protection and Applications


Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph Street
Arlington, Va. 22203

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