Active Military, Veterans and Tinnitus

Tinnitus affects up to 30% of military veterans, twice the rate of nonveterans.¹ It also is the most common disability for veterans related to their service.¹ Though the exact cause of tinnitus — the specific mechanism that generates phantom sounds in some people — remains unknown, contributing factors and triggers have been identified. Excessive exposure to loud noise is one of the most common culprits, so it isn’t surprising that many members of the armed forces suffer from tinnitus. Even a single exposure at such high levels can be enough to cause a permanent case of subjective tinnitus, the most common form of the condition.

While there is currently no known cure for subjective tinnitus, treatment options exist that can alleviate the irritation and discomfort of the condition. Even without hearing loss wearing hearing aids can be extremely effective. With static presets and ocean wave tinnitus therapy signals and our world’s first Notch Therapy, our hearing aids provide welcome relief for tinnitus sufferers. Ask your hearing care professional which solution is best for you.

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¹ Schmidt CJ, Kerns RD, Finkel S, Michaelides E, Henry JA. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Veterans With Tinnitus. Fed Pract. 2018 Aug;35(8):36-46. PMID: 30766380; PMCID: PMC6263445.

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