Understanding Hearing Health Challenges Among Veterans

Understanding Hearing Health Challenges Among Veterans

At RestorEar, we are committed to supporting the health and well-being of those at risk for hearing loss. One group that suffers disproportionately from auditory trauma is veterans. Next month, our team will be attending the Joint Defense Veterans Audiology Conference in order to bring ReBound to the Veterans Affairs audiology community. 

We wrote previously about hearing health challenges among the armed forces and veterans. Today, we will highlight veterans and delve into the prevalent issue of hearing loss, tinnitus, and other auditory conditions among this group, shedding light on the challenges they face and exploring how advancing hearing health technology can make a difference in their lives.

The Impact of Military Service on Hearing Health

Military service often exposes individuals to various loud noises, from gunfire and explosions to aircraft engines and heavy machinery. These loud environments can contribute to hearing damage and, in some cases, lead to conditions such as noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and tinnitus. In fact, according to the Hearing Health Foundation, hearing loss and tinnitus are routinely the top two health concerns among military veterans at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers. In 2020, more than 1.3 million veterans were receiving disability compensation for hearing loss, and more than 2.3 million received compensation for tinnitus. Further, one study found that nearly half (48.6%) of Veterans were diagnosed with conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss, or central auditory dysfunction, and an additional 24.3% had subclinical levels of auditory dysfunction. 87% of veterans in that study reported some level of hearing disturbance. These startling statistics point to a need for improved hearing intervention for veterans.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

NIHL is a common condition among veterans due to exposure to intense noise during combat or training exercises. The damage occurs when loud sounds damage the delicate hair cells in the inner ear, leading to permanent hearing impairment. Symptoms may range from difficulty hearing soft sounds to an inability to comprehend speech, impacting overall communication and quality of life.


Tinnitus, often described as a persistent ringing, buzzing, or hissing in the ears, is another prevalent auditory condition among veterans. It can result from exposure to loud noises or trauma and may be a constant companion for those who have served in the military. Tinnitus can significantly affect sleep, concentration, and mental well-being.

Addressing Hearing Health Challenges

At RestorEar, we understand the unique hearing health challenges faced by veterans. Our cutting-edge products like ReBound are designed to provide solutions and improve the quality of life for those dealing with hearing loss, tinnitus, and other auditory conditions.

As we express our gratitude to veterans for their service, it is crucial to address the challenges they face, including those related to hearing health. At RestorEar, we are proud to contribute to the well-being of our heroes through innovative solutions that enhance their auditory experience. Together, we can make a positive impact on the lives of those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

We hope to see you at the JDVAC!

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