§ Earl Russell
asked Her Majesty's Government:
How often active service personnel have their hearing tested during their period of active service, and for how long after they leave active service. [HL2029]
§ The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Gilbert)
All three Services operate Hearing Conservation Programmes directed primarily at avoidance of excessive noise exposure and at hearing protection where avoidance is not possible. Hearing tests are conducted at entry into the Armed Forces and on release, and during service at specified intervals or when clinically indicated. The NHS is responsible for the medical care of Service personnel after they leave the Armed Forces.