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Impact of wearing a medical mask on pure tone audiometry results during military medical fitness assessments
  1. Anna Crambert1,
  2. S Ballivet de Régloix2,
  3. A Villeneuve3 and
  4. J-B Morvan4
  1. 1Maxillo-facial, Head and Neck Surgery Department, Percy Military Training Hospital, Clamart, Île-de-France, France
  2. 2Department of ENT head and neck surgery, Laveran Military Teaching Hospital, Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
  3. 3Department of ENT Head and Neck Surgery, Percy Military Training Hospital, Clamart, France
  4. 4Department of ENT Head and Neck Surgery, Saint-Anne Military Training Hospital, Toulon, France
  1. Correspondence to Dr S Ballivet de Régloix, Military Teaching Hospital Laveran, Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azu, France; stanbdr{at}

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Candidates wishing to enlist in the army must pass a medical examination for fitness to serve. During this visit, each candidate is assigned a numerical coefficient indicating their hearing level (figure 1).1 The objective of this study was to determine if wearing a mask caused a change in the results of pure tone audiometry and to discuss the decisions about the candidate’s fitness to serve in the French army.

Figure 1

Determination of hearing level according to pure tone audiometry.

Seventy-eight candidates for enlistment were referred to the ENT head and neck surgey department of the Percy Military Hospital from 9 March to 11 June 2022. Since the COVID-19 epidemic, wearing an FFP1 face …

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  • Contributors AC conducted the study, drafted the article and is responsible for the overall content as guarantor. SBdR drafted the article and made critical revision of the article for important intellectual content. AV participated in acquisition of data. JM critically revised the article for important intellectual content.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.