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      House Committee on Armed Services
      Military Personnel
    IntroducedMay 4th, 2010

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Tinnitus Research for Military Health Improvement Act

Official Title

To direct the Secretary of Defense to establish a center of excellence for the study of tinnitus, and for other purposes.


Tinnitus Research for Military Health Improvement Act - Directs the Secretary of Defense (DOD) to establish one or more centers of excellence for the study of tinnitus. Requires such centers to be established at military installations where members of the Armed Forces perform activities involving high rates of sound, including artillery instruction. Outlines center activities, including researching and enhancing treatments for members with tinnitus. Requires the inclusion, within a current medical tracking system for members deployed overseas, of an aural screening which shall include an assessment of tinnitus. Directs the Secretary to establish a grant program to assist eligible institutions in conducting research on recurrent, chronic, or severe tinnitus and peripheral neurological conditions. Makes eligible for such grants: (1) a hospital with an approved teaching program as defined under the Social Security Act; or (2) an educational institution with demonstrated expertise in tinnitus research. Requires the Secretary to designate a senior DOD official to act as the executive agent for tinnitus.

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