MSU Professor Takes Students Aboard Aircraft Carriers to Research Sound Exposure
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By KATE LOCHTE & MATT MARKGRAF
Noise-inducing hearing loss is a serious health threat to Navy personnel, that costs the Department of Veterans Affairs over $100 million dollars each year. Dr. Gary Morris, chair of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Murray State University researches hearing loss in the Navy with his students and joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about his work as part of our Racer Scholar Profiles series, which highlights MSU faculty research, scholarly and creative activities across colleges and schools.
Dr. Morris is retired US Navy with a specialty in occupational safety and health. While in the Navy, he served as an industrial hygiene officer for 20 years. He studies the noise levels people work and live with on a carrier. “The VA spends about $127 million dollars each year on new noise claims,” he says, adding that this ia very big issue in the Navy and DOD. His research centers on the question, “how can we help the Navy reduce those claims and protect the sailors?”