5 Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Hearing Loss Among Veterans

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1. Asheville Audiology Services | (828) 348-1690 | http://ashevilleaudiology.com Discover more great content here: https://twitter.com/AshevilleAudiol https://www.facebook.com/AshevilleAudiologyServices http://www.youtube.com/user/ashevilleaudiology http://www.pinterest.com/ashevilleaudio 5 Facts You Probably Dont Know About Hearing Loss Among Veterans Missing appendages, post-traumatic stress, and brain trauma: These are what many people think of when they think about post-combat injuries. What many often dont consider is hearing loss as a severe combat injury. Check out these 5 surprising facts about hearing loss among veterans to learn more. The most common post-service malady happens to be hearing damage or loss. Hearing loss beats out PTSD (post- traumatic stress disorder) as the number one service-connected disability. Severe hearing loss is commonly caused by bomb detonations and general military and combat noise. Tinnitus and hearing loss, both short- and long-term, are also often caused by loud engines of war such as planes, warships, and combat tanks as well as loud weapons and bombs. Veterans of the post-9/11 conflicts are the most affected population in terms of hearing loss. Indeed, the numbers of soldiers who suffered hearing loss or tinnitus after the attacks on the World Trade Center swelled to 414,000. Soldiers are more likely to suffer hearing damage than civilians. Veterans are 30 percent more likely than nonveterans to suffer hearing loss of the severe kind. Even more concerning is that among those who served from September 2001 to March 2010, veterans were four times more like to suffer hearing loss than nonveterans. 2. Asheville Audiology Services | (828) 348-1690 | http://ashevilleaudiology.com Discover more great content here: https://twitter.com/AshevilleAudiol https://www.facebook.com/AshevilleAudiologyServices http://www.youtube.com/user/ashevilleaudiology http://www.pinterest.com/ashevilleaudio Hearing loss may be more prevalent now than it was for soldiers in the past. Larger and louder weapons technology very likely contributes to higher numbers of veterans with hearing loss. Intensely loud field generators, bombs such as bunker busters, and even modern helicopters can cause hearing impairment if soldiers dont take precautions. Many veterans suffering from hearing impairment dont seek medical help right away. Experts say that too few returning soldiers who suffer tinnitus or hearing loss go to a hearing specialist or audiologist upon returning home they often live simply live with the problem. In fact, most people will wait an average of 7 years from initially noticing hearing loss to actually seeking medical attention. Breakthroughs in neuroscience may help those who suffer severe tinnitus. Some scientists assert that low serotonin levels may be linked to how severe a persons tinnitus can be. Low serotonin can cause insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Fortunately, with the help of tinnitus therapies and antidepressants, some veterans have found relief from severe tinnitus.