British Army

Reducing hearing damage and loss among members of the British Army, Royal Navy and RAF working in the land environment.

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Challenge
Reduce hearing damage and loss among members of the British Army, Royal Navy and RAF working in the land environment.

 

Solution

In 2010 the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) made it a priority to offer better protection to the Armed Forces against hearing damage and loss. A team from Soldier, Training & Special Programmes (STSP) within the DE&S Land Equipment domain procured three Tactical Hearing Protection Systems (THPS) - the Basic User (BU), the Specialist User (SU) and the Dismounted Close Combat User (DCCU).

Among other noise factors, they identified that the main sound contributing to hearing damage was impulse noise from firing weapons. They also had to make sure that whilst protecting, hearing through the systems was comfortable and still allowed soldiers to retain situational awareness so they could operate as effectively as possible.



Solution chosen: INVSIO S10 and X5.

 
THPS goes a long way to address the issues personnel had with wearing hearing protection in tactical situations. The new kit will give personnel in the Land Environment greater confidence in maintaining situational awareness and using communication equipment whilst still protecting themselves from serious hearing injuries, such as noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus.
Major Melissa DandoSenior Health Advisor - British ArmyDesider Magazine, MOD, July 2017

Result

The INVISIO system was first introduced in 2015 and has since been deployed to about 30,000 soldiers in the British Army, Army Reserve, Royal Navy and RAF with positive results.

 

Photo: UK Ministry of Defence, Crown copyright 2016. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.