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“Vision and Hearing Awareness Month. Guard your senses to be Sight and Sound Ready”

Hearing and vision are critical senses. Service members need to Stay Sight and Sound Ready to communicate, achieve their mission safely and effectively, engage with their families, and connect with their communities. Military personnel are routinely exposed to sensory hazards in combat, training, and by exposure to potentially hazardous conditions on and off duty. Sensory loss can also have a significant impact on quality of life and force readiness.

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“Vision and Hearing Awareness Month. Guard your senses to be Sight and Sound Ready”

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June is Vision and Hearing Awareness Month, held to raise awareness about the importance of these senses as vital components of force readiness and quality of life. Regular hearing and vision checkups can ensure you are #SightandSoundReady. https://hearing.health.mil  https://vce.health.mil.


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Suggested social media message: Vision and Hearing Month – Environmental Fitness

We can’t control every aspect of our work or duty environment, but we can minimize risk to eyes and ears. Always wear the recommended safety equipment to protect against hearing and vision hazards in your environment. #SightandSoundReady. https://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Total-Force-Fitness/Environmental-Fitness


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Suggested social media message: Vision and Hearing Month – Physical Fitness

To maintain health and readiness, take care of your eyes and ears. Service members can set up preventive health exams by visiting their local military hospital or clinic. #SightandSoundReady. https://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Total-Force-Fitness/Physical-Fitness


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Suggested social media message: DYK? Our brains use information from our senses for situational awareness, communication and survival. Wear proper vision and hearing protection in environments where the potential for injury exists to remain fit to fight. https://hearing.health.mil/Prevention and https://vce.health.mil/Eye-Injury-Prevention-and-Response #SightandSoundReady


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Six ways to communicate in a virtual environment. Hearing and vision are vital to successful communication in a virtual environment. Here are six tips to communicate better

 1 – Face the camera and have good access to the microphone  2- Speak slowly and slightly louder 3 – Be in good light 4 – Listen attentively, reflecting back what is said, to engage others5 – Use hands and body language 6 – Use visual aids to back up verbal conversation

Suggested social media message: Our vision and hearing are vital for in-person and virtual communication.  Check out these tips to help you communicate virtually.  https://hearing.health.mil  https://vce.health.mil


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Suggested social media message: Being able to locate the direction of sound is a critical part of situational awareness needed to accomplish every mission safely and effectively. Guard your senses to prevent hearing and vision injuries. Learn more: https://hearing.health.mil  https://vce.health.mil  #SightandSoundReady


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Suggested social media message: Be #SightandSoundReady by following these steps to take care of your vision and hearing. If you have any signs of hearing or vision loss, make an appointment with your local military hospital or clinic, or visit: https://www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Vision/EyeExams;   https://www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/IsItCovered/HearingExams


Social media graphic for Vision and Hearing prevention month on protective eyewear and hearing protection.

Suggested social media message: Confused about what protective equipment is right for you? The Authorized Protective Eyewear List and Hearing Protection Device Evaluated Products List are available to help service members select proper protective gear. APEL: https://www.peosoldier.army.mil/equipment/eyewear/  HPD EPL:  https://hearing.health.mil/Prevention/Evaluated-Hearing-Protection-Devices


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