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Veterans with Hearing Loss: Unique Needs and Audiological Considerations

Veterans who have served our country have earned the right to the best care we can give them. Consistently, hearing loss and tinnitus have been the top-two service-connected disabilities (SCD) among veterans. Veterans are also more likely to report a hearing difficulty than peers in their same age group, but may sometimes be less likely to seek hearing help.

This Special Report, published by The Hearing Review and sponsored by Hamilton® CapTel®, delves into the special issues veterans may face when addressing their hearing loss, including:

  • Demographics of veterans and how this patient population is expected to change in the next 30 years relative to wartime experience, age, and gender.
  • Some key factors influencing the incidence and treatment of hearing loss among veterans, including deployment, impulse and steady-state noise, blast and traumatic brain injury (TBI), as well as cultural and training issues.
  • A look at VA hearing aid dispensing and tinnitus remediation, and how TBI and long-duration high-intensity noises may result in CAPD and “hidden hearing loss.”
  • Why recent changes in military hearing readiness programs have been effective in creating better access to the hearing help soldiers need—both in active duty and later as veterans.
  • Future research directions and new technologies that may improve hearing health and quality of life for the veterans of tomorrow.

Featuring comments and research from leading experts like James Jerger, PhD, Richard Danielson, PhD, Colonel LaKeisha Henry, MD, Frank Musiek, PhD, and others, this Special Report is a valuable resource for all hearing care practices and their staff members.

 

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