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Military Veterans and Hearing Loss

 

Military Veterans are a valued demographic in American society - regardless of one’s political views. Many Americans are Veterans or are honored to have a Veteran in their family. With the United States’ recent involvement in conflicts in the Middle East, much emphasis has been brought to the public’s attention about war-time injuries. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), missing limbs and brain and spine injuries are among the injuries that come to mind first. Many people are surprised to learn that the most common and significant war-time injury affecting our Veterans today is hearing loss and Tinnitus (ringing in the ears). In fact, many Veterans with multiple devastating injuries feel that their hearing problems are the most traumatic of their war-time injuries.

 

Imagine constantly standing by loud generators, having buzzing aircraft overhead, and hearing blasts of gunfire, yelling and explosions. These weapons aren’t called “bunker busters” for no reason, they’re also hearing busters. Without the proper hearing protection our servicemen and women are being exposed to extremely harmful levels of sound. Scott C. Forbes, Past-President of the Association of Veterans Administration Audiology says he believes "the signature injury” of returned Veterans is auditory injury.  A 2011 Government Accountability Office report supports his claim by stating the most common injury among Veterans is hearing related.

 

In fact, among Post 9/11 Veterans, 414,000 have returned with hearing loss and/or Tinnitus. Hearing maladies cost more than $1.4 Billion in Veterans’ disability payments per year. Government leaders are pleased that 99% of claims related to hearing loss are approved, but because of this, $216 Million a year are spent on hearing aids alone. It’s interesting to note that the Veterans Affairs Department purchases one in five hearing aids in the U.S. annually.

 

All hearing professionals agree that our active service members should be using hearing protection, but this isn’t always available to them when they need them most. Thankfully, our Veterans seem to be getting the care they need when they return home in regards to hearing problems – but so much of it can be prevented. The VA has issued a Veterans Health Initiative relating to hearing loss. It offers helpful tips for Veterans, their families and both VA and non-VA care providers. It can be found here: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/vethealthinitiative/hearing_impairment.asp

 

There are also other organizations created to help Veterans who have experienced hearing loss and hearing related maladies from combat. One of them is The Hearing Loss Association of America. (www.hearingloss.org) They offer education, support, free subscriptions to their products (a magazine and webinars) and financial assistance for hearing assistive devices. This is just one example of the many resources available to help our Veterans. An internet search or asking their hearing health professional for resources will also help Veterans find the services they need.

 

At Sound Solutions Hearing and Balance Centers, all of our patients are important to us, especially our Veterans. We want to say “Thank You” to all Veterans for their sacrifices. We are committed to helping them and all of our patients overcome any hearing and balance problems they may be experiencing. We are just a phone call away and love to help!

 

Contact:

(714) 523-4327


Resources:

www.publicintegrity.org

www.hearlingloss.org

www.publichealth.va.gov

 

 

October is Audiology Awareness Month

 

This month is an opportunity for everyone to become aware of what Audiology is and how an Audiologist can help you care for your hearing.

Audiology Awareness month is also an excellent way to teach others how to protect their hearing.

We hope you'll follow these steps to protect your own hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's Balance Awareness Week

September 15 - 21, 2014 is Balance Awareness Week

 

"The goal of Balance Awareness Week is to reduce the time it takes to diagnose a vestibular disorder." - www.vestibular.org

 

This great infographic can help one understand the symptoms of a balance disorder and how it is diagnosed and treated.

We have more information about this topic on our website: http://soundsolutionshearing.com/library/14-a-discussion-of-dizziness

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us, we love to help!  La Palma: (714) 523-4327   Huntington Beach: (714) 842-2700

 

 

We are a Lyric Elite Provider. What does that mean?

Lyric is the world's first 100% invisible, 24/7 wearable hearing device, and being an Elite provider means our staff is highly trained and qualified to provide them for your use. Lyric is placed in the ear canal in as little as 10 minutes and can be worn 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for months at a time without battery changes.

 

 

 

Lyric hearing aids provide exceptional sound quality because unlike many other hearing aids, Lyric is positioned deep in the ear canal to use your ear’s anatomy to funnel sound to the ear drum. Experience Lyric’s sound quality and hassle-free hearing for yourself. Make an appointment with Sound Solutions Hearing today at (714) 523-4327 to determine if Lyric hearing aids may be right for you!

 

 

 

 
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