Military Related Tinnitus

Many Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from military related tinnitus. Tinnitus is now the most common disability among returning soldiers from the Army, Navy and Air-force. The number of veterans awarded disability compensation in the United States in 2010 exceeded 1 million.Military Related Tinnitus

Tinnitus in the Armed Services is not new; many personnel returning from World War II and other conflicts since then, were disabled by tinnitus.

Why the high incidence of sufferers?
Noises over 140 decibels, for example a military rifle being fired close by, will result in Acoustic Trauma.  The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) recently finished a study of the occurrence of tinnitus within the Army. The study showed that 49% of all soldiers exposed to explosive blasts in Iraq and Afghanistan had tinnitus.

Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s)
With the prevalence of IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devices) in Afghanistan, and the exposure to these together with normal battle conditions including machine guns, artillery and mortar fire it should not be surprising that many of our Soldiers are disabled by tinnitus.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Military related tinnitus is common with those who have experienced TBI.  Hearing damage in war zones are usually caused by either battle conditions, meaning loud explosive noises and in some cases continuous noise like that experience in a Tank.  Or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) caused by concussive shock waves for an explosion or blast and the penetration directly to the skull.

State Of The Art Earplugs
Some services have now begun issuing state of the art ear plugs in an effort to reduce the noise and damage experienced by our Military personnel. These expensive earplugs have digital processors that will allow the soldier to hear normal conversations and raised voices and block out those load sounds like that experienced in a fire-fight.

A Message of Possible Hope…
A close friend of mine suffered from severe tinnitus after being exposed to a UED during his tour in Afghanistan.  After going through all kinds of treatment without success he became desperate enough to try ANYTHING to get relief.  After much procrastination he finally decided to give Tinnitus Miracle a go.  Initially he thought it was a lot of ‘hogwash’, but he was desperate.  After much perseverance his tinnitus has reduced dramatically and he is now hopeful that eventually it might go away completely.

Veterans Caregiver Support Line
Their sole purpose is to help the ones who care for the veteran – the spouse, parent, sibling, child, other family member, or friend.

Call for any kind of caregiver support, or if you would like someone to just listen:

Call toll-free to 1-855-260-3274
Monday through Friday 8:00 am =- 11:00 pm ET
Saturday 10:30 am – 6:00 pm ET

Support Groups
Support for your tinnitus can also be found from a network of support groups not linked to the armed forces.

Family and friends are an extremely important part of your support network.

Compensation
It is suggested that veterans returning from service consider immediate compensation action for military related tinnitus.

Useful Resources:

How Tinnitus Affects Our Military Personnel, ATA:    http://www.ata.org/for-patients/at-risk

The influence of military service on auditory health:  www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21768736

American Journal of Audiology:  http://aja.asha.org/cgi/content/abstract/16/2/107

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