An Invisible Injury: Hearing Loss among US Veterans
In honor of Veterans Day today in the United States, we’re reflecting on and honoring the brave men and women who have served their country in the military.
As these veterans have strived to protect their country, it has become more evident that something needs to be done to better protect their hearing.
War is loud, and as a result, tinnitus and hearing loss are the most common military service-related disabilities in the United States. More than 1.9 million American veterans have a service-related hearing disability, including 414,000 post-9/11 veterans, according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
The military is aware of the problem, and taking steps not only to aid those with hearing-related disabilities, but also to prevent future hearing loss.
In 2012, the Department of Defense opened its Hearing Center of Excellence, which works for hearing loss prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation, as well as hearing research. The VA is also the largest employer of audiologists in the US, and premier provider for the rehabilitation of hearing loss.
At Phonak, we are proud to provide the most innovative hearing solutions to those men and women who have most generously served and are serving our country. U.S. military veterans are often provided with benefits that may cover the cost of hearing aids.
If you know a veteran with hearing loss, contact your Department of Veterans Affairs for the quickest and most accurate way to check eligibility. Learn more about the choice of Phonak hearing aids and accessories for veterans.