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08: Army Veteran Talks Hazardous Noise, Hearing Loss

Soldiers are often exposed to excessive and potentially hazardous noises on a daily basis. This can result in long-term and extreme cases of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Today’s guest, Chet Sechrest, is a retired member of the Army, a trained Medic, who spent almost three decades as an Army Ranger and later as a member of the Special Forces. Chet shares his own personal experience and gives a unique insight on the susceptibility and vulnerability soldiers have to hazardous noise and hearing loss. To hear more about the issues surrounding this epidemic, tune into this episode of Failed Hips and Harmful Drugs. 

Show Highlights: 

  • Chet’s first job and assignments in the Army
  • Training to be an Army Ranger and what the regimen looks like 
  • How Chet got into the Special Forces and his personal journey
  • Risk assessments and training soldiers in proper hearing protection 
  • Different situations in which soldiers can be exposed to hazardous noises 
  • Enforcing the annual hearing exam requirements 
  • The 3M Combat Arms Earplugs
  • The lasting impact defect ear plugs can have 
  • What Chet is working on now after his career in the U.S. Army 


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