According to Listen Now,in 2009 the US Veterans Association compensated 1.2 million claims for veterans with either tinnitus or hearing loss injuries.
Retired US Army captain Mark Brogan suffered a brain and spinal injury when he was attacked by a suicide bomber in Iraq. Brogan said in an NBCNews.com article what he considered the worst of the physical trauma he endured was “Hearing loss and the brain injury.” Today he has “profound unusable hearing” in his right ear and severe hearing loss in his left.
“You’ve been to a concert – you know how your ears are ringing afterward? It’s just like that my entire life,” he said.
Here is an interesting video highlighting the needs of veterans with hearing loss.
Canadian veterans, no doubt, have incurred similar debilitating injuries. Our message to veterans – you have put others first with your service and courage. Now put yourself first and make your hearing health a priority.
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