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A Salute To Our Troops' Hearing
Posted by Echo Hearing Systems & Audiology on May 02, 2014
If you weren't aware, May is National Military Appreciation month. Our nation's troops make so many sacrifices to serve our country. Not only do they step into the line of fire, but many leave their families, friends and hometowns for the greater good of protecting our country's freedoms. One sacrifice that many troops unfortunately make without knowing is exposure to noises that are damaging to their hearing, commonly leading to premature hearing loss or persistent ringing in the ears. In fact, this condition of ringing in the ears, called tinnitus, is the highest reported condition for service Veterans according to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA). In their study, the ATA found that there is an estimated 1.5 Million Veterans experiencing some degree of hearing loss and tinnitus today!
Some of these damaging noises that are affecting Veterans in their time of service aren't too different than many of the noises all of us are exposed to in our everyday lives. While many of us are not spending time next to helicopters, jet engines, weapons being fired and more sounds of combat, noises such as blenders, lawnmowers or watching the TV too loud can cause similar lasting effects to one's ability to hear over time. AS we proudly salute the service of Veterans this May, we also want to remind everyone to be conscious of the potential impacts of prolonged exposure to loud noises and inportance in wearing hearing protection when needed.