8 Resources for Veterans with Tinnitus
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that more than 2.7 million veterans receive disability benefits for hearing loss or tinnitus. Contrary to belief, post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and physical injuries are not the most common service related medical issues for military veterans. Hearing damage is the most common medical issue.
Explosions, gunfire, aircrafts, tanks and other heavy machinery used in the field can cause hearing loss and tinnitus due to loud and constant noise exposure. Although hearing loss is often seen as an inconvenience, it can have long term impacts on other physical and mental health issues. Tinnitus can truly be debilitating. It can make it hard to think, sleep and converse with loved ones due to the constant ringing or buzzing that is created by this symptom of hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss has been associated with heart disease, risk of falling, isolation, depression, cognitive decline and dementia.
Understanding the risks associated with hearing damage and how it relates to tinnitus is critical in helping you better manage not only your hearing health and tinnitus, but your quality of life.
We’ve put together a list of resources for veterans with tinnitus to help you learn about what you can do to help prevent and manage hearing loss and tinnitus.
1. Tinnitus Talk Forum
Talk about tinnitus, pulsatile tinnitus, hyperacusis, and ear pain with us. Compassionate support with the latest research news and treatment options. Tinnitus Talk also hosts a podcast that can be found here.
2. American Tinnitus Association
ATA is the nation’s foremost and trusted organization committed to finding cures for tinnitus and hyperacusis. Our commitment demands focus, determination, strategy and resources. ATA promotes synergy between dedicated medical professionals and researchers who work with and within the tinnitus community. The battle for a cure is real, and will be won through advances in technology and medicine, areas where we have often been a conduit to new discoveries. We fulfill our mission by: (1) funding targeted research projects; (2) providing education, hope and support for the tinnitus community; (3) advocating for effective public policies focused on advancing science towards cures for tinnitus and hyperacusis; and (4) collaborating with others to promote awareness, encourage prevention and to ultimately silence tinnitus.
3. American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation
The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) is the world’s largest organization representing specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck.
4. Hearing Link
Hearing Link is a UK-wide non-profit for people with hearing loss, their families and friends
We’re here to help you adjust to the practical and emotional challenges that hearing loss can bring – offering shared experiences, practical support and guidance, so you can reconnect with people and face the future with confidence. Whatever your query or concern, whether you have hearing loss yourself or wish to support someone else, please get in touch. We look forward very much to hearing from you. Learn how to manage your tinnitus here.
5. Hearing Loss Association of America
The mission of HLAA is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy. Our primary purpose is to educate ourselves, our families, friends, coworkers, teachers, hearing health care providers, industry, government, and others about hearing loss. HLAA provides adults and children with tools for self help; sensitizes the general population about the special needs of people who have hearing loss; and promotes understanding of the nature, causes, complications, and remedies of hearing loss. Learn more about veterans with tinnitus here.
6. Heroes With Hearing Loss
The silence after service can be deafening. Heroes With Hearing Loss® is about reconnecting veterans with the people who are most important in their lives, including their families, friends, colleagues, communities and healthcare professionals. We accomplish this by providing lifestyle-focused solutions and information that minimize the impact of hearing loss.
7. The Hearing Review
The Hearing Review is the leading monthly trade magazine for the hearing healthcare industry, providing concise, timely, and accurate information to 21,000 audiologists, hearing instrument specialists, medical professionals, and others allied to the field. The magazine focuses on the practical aspects of hearing instrument testing and fitting, new technology, marketing, education, patient counseling, industry events, and trends in hearing healthcare. It is designed with the busy hearing care professional in mind, with a commitment to balanced and fair multidisciplinary editorial coverage. Learn more about tinnitus support here.
VA medical clinics provide a full range of hearing services. These can include diagnostic testing and counseling, to hearing aids and implantable devices. A referral from your primary care doctor is no longer required to see a VA audiologist. Get started by registering at your local VA hospital or health center. You can also apply through the VA’s e-benefits site here.