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Trauma/Combat Related Hearing Loss

Noise Exposure

Veterans may have been exposed to harmful noise during military service in combat, training, and general job duties. Noise can come from gunfire, explosives, rockets, heavy weapons, jets and aircraft, and machinery.

Health problems related to noise

High-intensity noise and vibration can cause or contribute to hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

The Institute of Medicine published a 2005 report, Noise and Military Service: Implications for Hearing Loss and Tinnitus.

Health concerns?

If you are concerned about health problems associated with noise exposure during your military service, talk to your health care provider or local VA Environmental Health Coordinator.

Veterans not enrolled in the VA health care system, find out if you qualify for VA health care.

VA benefits

Veterans may be eligible for VA disability compensation benefits and health care benefits for health problems associated with noise exposure during military service.

Veterans' dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits. Read Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors to learn more.

Disabled American Veterans
An unfortunate product of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are the many thousands of men and women who, like generations before them, become wounded, injured or ill as a result of their service. For nine decades DAV has been empowering those veterans to lead healthy and successful lives after leaving military service. Our mission simply is one of service and advocacy on behalf of the men and women who put their lives on the line to ensure our safety, to protect our freedoms and cherished way of life. What is right for our nation and our citizens is to take care of those who served. We do this by never forgetting their sacrifices. We do this by keeping our promise to them: to provide the resources and services they need to enjoy the best quality of life possible.  We are a strong and influential advocate for veterans and fight to ensure they receive the full range of services and protections they deserve. We accomplish this by providing free professional assistance to all veterans and their families in obtaining benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and advocating for their rights on Capitol Hill, and we do it all for free, without any government funding.


Hearing Loss Association of America - Veterans Info
The Hearing Loss Association of American services for veterans offers: complimentary HLAA membership for vets of OIF and OEF; complimentary HLAA Convention registration; telecommunications equipment and assissive listening systems; and education for vets.

Tripler Army Medical Centerhawaii2
Mission: Promote, sustain and enhance soldier health, provide a trained and ready medical force in support of full spectrum operations within a culture of safety, delivery leading edge, high quality and compassionate health services.  Vision: Be the most trusted medical team in the world.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Veterans and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): A Guide for Employers
This guide describes how the ADA applies to recruiting, hiring, and accommodating veterans with disabilities, and briefly explains how protections for veterans with disabilities differ under USERRA and the ADA. The guide also provides information on laws and regulations that employers may find helpful if they want to make recruiting and hiring veterans with disabilities a priority.

VA Pacific Islands Health Care Systemhawaii2
Mission Statement: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan€¯ by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. VA Core Values and Characteristics: Core values describe an organization's culture and character and serve as the foundation for the way individuals in an organization interact with each other and with people outside of the organization. The Department of Veterans Affairs Core Values and Characteristics apply across the entire VA enterprise.

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