National Audiology Awareness Month: Hearing Loss & Tinnitus
October 10, 2020
While everyone races to pick their pumpkins and munch on apple cider donuts, Legal Help For Veterans is celebrating National Audiology Awareness Month! The American Academy of Audiology utilizes the month of October to help promote and increase public awareness of audiology as well as the importance of hearing protection. We think this awareness is imperative for the American public, but it’s also important for our Veterans. We have gathered some facts about hearing loss and tinnitus that is experienced by so many of our nation’s Veterans.
Did you know?
- Over 30 million American veterans experience hearing loss due to repeated exposure to loud weaponry and aircraft
- The top one and two health conditions among Veterans are hearing loss & tinnitus
- Tinnitus is the ringing, buzzing, roaring, and clicking sound perceived in the ears
- Tinnitus can develop due to noise exposure, or even a symptom closely related to a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Studies have shown those with previous military experience suffer from more severe age-related hearing loss than those without
- In 2017, there were:
- 1.79 million disability compensation recipients for tinnitus
- 1.16 million disability compensation recipients for hearing loss
Do I Qualify for Hearing Loss and/or Tinnitus Disability Compensation?
With so many veterans affected by hearing loss and tinnitus, the Department of Veterans Affairs has instituted its own unique regulations to determine those veterans who can receive compensation for their symptoms. One of the most important factors in determining your eligibility is whether your hearing loss and/or tinnitus is linked to military service.
Legal Help For Veterans is a veterans disability law firm dedicated to assisting our nation’s veterans obtain disability compensation for conditions they incurred in service. If you are a veteran or know of a veteran who suffers from hearing loss or tinnitus that is related to service, please contact our office at (800) 693-4800 for assistance. Legal Help For Veterans is honored to help those who have served and sacrificed for our country.
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