Veterans with Hearing Loss or Tinnitus
There are many veterans who suffer from hearing loss and/or tinnitus. Those who have served in our military may receive hearing healthcare benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Every year, approximately one million veterans collect disability compensation for their hearing loss.
Due to regular exposure to loud noises during active combat, and other job-related duties, hearing loss is the most common service-related injury among veterans.
In order to help veterans deal with their hearing loss, or tinnitus, the VA provides these two services:
How do you know if you are eligible for hearing aids from the VA?
In order to obtain hearing aids, you have to qualify for VA Health Benefits. After being enrolled, veterans may search for benefits for hearing tests, exams and hearing aids. You may apply here, you may call 1-877-222-VETS or visit your local VA healthcare facility or regional office.
Not every veteran will receive hearing aids. The following veterans are likely to benefit from hearing aid care:
To speak to a representative from your nearest VA medical center, contact them here.
Preventative Measures for Hearing Loss in the Military
Veterans who are at least 65-years-old - particularly those who served an extensive amount of time in combat zones - are twice as likely to develop severe hearing loss than others.
Here are some things that current service members can do to protect their hearing health:
Veterans with Tinnitus
Tinnitus is a prevalent issue for veterans. If you constantly hear a ringing, buzzing or whistling sound, you might be eligible for hearing care, disability payments, and the VA’s tinnitus management program. Please contact your local VA office for more information. There is no known cure for tinnitus, but there are treatments to help those who suffer from it.
If you, or a loved one, are a veteran who does not qualify to receive hearing aids from the VA, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids. We offer a free hearing test and a variety of hearing aid solutions for any range of hearing loss.