The High Incidence of Hearing Loss Amongst War Veterans[imwb_socialbuzz] By John On June 15, 2010 Under Tinnitus
War veterans are what we call unsung heroes. They go to battle for the love of country, risking their lives and risking their sense of hearing too. World war 2 veterans can attest to the fact that they have started getting hearing problems after engaging in battle.
Being in a battlefield puts a lot of risks in a person’s sense of hearing. There is non-stop exchange of gunshots that are way too damaging to the hair cells in our cochlea. Aside from suffering sensorineural damage, these war veterans also suffer from tinnitus. Some of them may have tolerable levels of ear ringing while others can have an extremely bothering ear ringing that may need to be managed with a tinnitus masking treatment to let them live their lives normally.
The sad reality is that there are instances where the VA does not acknowledge the cases of hearing loss among these war veterans as job related. Sad indeed, after what these veterans have given up just to fight for their countrymen.