US Army

Reducing the economic impact of hearing impairment and noise-induced hearing injury among active duty US Service Members.

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Challenge
Reduce the economic impact of hearing impairment and noise-induced hearing injury among active duty U.S. Service Members. Noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus are the most prevalent military service associated disabilities, which affect quality of life and cause a significant economic burden. Statistics show that the problems cost billions USD every year.

 

Solution
In response to the prevalence and rising costs of military hearing loss and auditory injuries, the US Army invested in INVISIO's system within the framework of its Tactical Communications and Protective System (TCAPS) modernization program in 2013.

Solution chosen: INVSIO X50 and X5.

 
First and foremost, it’s going to protect Soldiers’ hearing, but to also integrate a radio system with ear protection is phenomenal. I also like the advanced hearing enhancement. That will help us on the battlefield.
Capt. David KimseyCompany Commander, 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div, US ArmyAngie Thorn, U.S. Army, Fort Polk, February 2015
Result

The INVISIO system was first introduced in 2014 and has since been deployed to over tens of thousands of soldiers in military bases throughout the U.S. The soldiers train with the system along with unit system integrators from PM Soldier-Soldier Electronics on the Tactical Communications and Protective System.

The long-term goal is to provide the systems for soldiers once they start boot camp to eliminate hearing loss altogether, and to prevent the damage before it is done.

 

INVISIO X50

INVISIO X50

 

Dual com control unit with internal battery


Photo: Angie Thorn, U.S. Army.