Happy Veterans Day!
Did you know that one of the most common hearing ailments veterans and active military deal with is tinnitus? Tinnitus or ringing in the ears affects over 35 million Americans. Due to the loud noises that accompany a career in the military, our veterans are at a higher risk for developing tinnitus due to excessive noise exposure. According to the U.S. Departments of Veteran Affairs tinnitus is the most common disability among service men/women. Tinnitus is the hidden enemy of the military.
While a cure for tinnitus has not yet been found, there are treatments to help people manage their tinnitus. Progressive Tinnitus Management (PTM) was developed at the VA and approaches tinnitus with a conjunction of sound and cognitive behavioral therapy.
There are several other ways that people can manage their tinnitus symptoms. Everything from breathing exercises, stress management, and exercise all the way to using an app that can mask the tinnitus. Cutting out certain triggers like nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol are also great ways to keep the symptoms at bay.
So on this day we acknowledge and honor our veterans. Make sure to appreciate the sacrifices they make on a daily basis. As health care professionals, we strive to provide them with the proper care they deserve, whether it be hearing loss, tinnitus or both, The ENT Institute is here to help. Remember, tinnitus is the hidden enemy of the military. Don’t let them suffer alone.