According to The Center for Public Integrity, over 400,000 of post 9/11 veterans have hearing loss and tinnitus. That makes hearing loss and other auditory complications the most common disability among veterans. In 2010, $216 million was spent on hearing aids and related devices, according to the Veterans’ Administration (VA).
But despite being such a prevalent condition, hearing problems don’t get much attention. Although upward of 30% of VA claims involve hearing and almost 99% are approved, Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Mich., is proposing that every service member get a full auditory examination at discharge.
The VA and Department of Defense are working together at the Hearing Center of Excellence to focus on hearing technology and awareness to protect service people now and in the future.
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