Mentally debilitating conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) receive a dominating amount of press coverage. Given the amount of press these two conditions receive, it is impressive to learn neither one of them is the most common service-connected disability among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. That distinction goes to a hearing disorder most likely never even consider as being a major medical issue: tinnitus.
Of all those veterans in Iraq and Afghanistan, about 640,000 suffer from tinnitus. The condition has been described as the sound a cricket makes. Multiplied by 1000. In each ear. Problems arise because many of the triggers that will set off the ringing are very ordinary and frequent, such as:
- Slamming doors;
- Barking dogs; and
- Clanking dishes.
Veterans seeking help are given unfortunate news: there is no cure. The treatments available however, but they will vary depending on how bad the condition is in the veteran seeking help. To some it is just a little annoying. To others, it can be unbearable and completely incapacitating.
Progressive Tinnitus Management utilizes multiple avenues of treatment. Help can come in the form of personal counseling to devices worn in the veterans’ ears emitting white noise to create a canceling effect and hopefully counteracting the ringing. These treatments will continue to develop and hopefully become more effective.
The Department of Defense (DoD) is taking proactive steps and attempting to stop the tinnitus from becoming an ongoing issue by issuing new earplugs. These earplugs protect the wearer from loud noises yet allow everyday noises to permeate.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.