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U.S. soldiers and Marines caught in roadside bombings and firefights in Iraq and Afghanistan
are coming home in epidemic numbers with permanent hearing loss and ringing in their ears,
prompting the military to redouble its efforts to protect the troops from noise.
Hearing damage is the No. 1 disability in the fight against terror, according to the Department
of Veterans Affairs, and some experts say the true toll could take decades to become clear.
Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Bringing You Down???
Are you depressed, anxious, angry or moody because of your hearing problems?
Did you know your mental health issues may be secondary to hearing loss or tinnitus?
Dr. Brett Valette is a clinical psychologist specializing in veterans mental health disability.
If you're suffering with problems you believe may be caused or aggravated by hearing loss,
contact Dr. Valette and ask if you may have a secondary service connected condition.
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Was your claim for hearing loss and/or tinnitus denied by VA?
Jim Strickland is a nationally known advocate for veterans and a member of the
From flight line operations to firearms qualification ranges, aircraft maintenance back shops,
vehicle repair shops, civil engineering shops, or even Air Force Research laboratories
where innovative and agile technologies are born, noise brings the potential of
hearing loss if proper personal protective hearing equipment is not available or utilized.
“In fact, Veterans Administration records show that auditory conditions such as hearing loss and
tinnitus are the number one and number two most prevalent disability claim in the VA,”
said Dr. Tanisha Hammill, research coordination branch lead at the Department of
Defense Hearing Center of Excellence in San Antonio. “In terms of number
of claims, this is the most prevalent injury among our veterans, so there is an
obvious need to focus on reducing those injuries among our service members,” she said.
Veterans often suffer brain injuries that impair hearing.
Hearing Loss, Tinnitus & Secondary Mental Health Ratings
Dr. Brett Valette explains the connection
Has your hearing loss and tinnitus caused anxiety and depression?
There's a reason for that.