• Veterans with Hearing Loss

    Overview of Veterans in California: March 2013, Rebecca E. Blanton, Senior Policy Analyst, California Research Bureau, California State Library (https://www.library.ca.gov/crb/13/13-020.pdf):

    • “California is home to nearly 1.9 million veterans, by far the largest veteran population in the country.”
    • “Veterans face the same health issues that civilians do (e.g., heart disease, diabetes) as well as special health issues (e.g., greater rates of hearing impairment and PTSD). Approximately 26.2 percent of veterans report having a disability.”
    • “Hearing impairment was the most common traumatic injury, affecting some 63 percent of the veterans, followed by vision loss, orthopedic injuries, traumatic brain injury (4.2 percent), burns, spinal cord injury, and amputation (1.3 percent). Just over five percent of the veterans had polytrauma wounds — multiple, complex injuries requiring intensive therapy.”

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Research & Development, April 2015 (http://www.research.va.gov/topics/hearing.cfm):

    • “More than 800,000 Veterans receive disability compensation for service-connected hearing disabilities such as defective hearing, tinnitus, or hearing loss or impairment. Another 1.5 million Veterans who do not qualify for compensation are eligible for treatment at VA health care facilities.”

    VA Research Currents, October 2008, VA to play role in Defense-funded research on PTSD, TBI (http://www.research.va.gov/resources/pubs/docs/va_research_currents_oct_08.pdf):

    • “Hearing impairment was the most common traumatic injury, affecting some 63 percent of the veterans, followed by vision loss, orthopedic injuries, traumatic brain injury (4.2 percent), burns, spinal cord injury, and amputation (1.3 percent). Just over five percent of the veterans had polytrauma wounds—multiple, complex injuries requiring intensive therapy.”

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Research & Development, January 2015, VA research on Hearing Loss, Hearing loss and tinnitus affect millions of Americans, including many, if not most, older people. (http://www.research.va.gov/pubs/docs/va_factsheets/HearingLoss.pdf):

    • “In 2013, 1.1 million Veterans received compensation for tinnitus, and more than 850,000 for hearing loss.”
    • “Hearing loss and tinnitus together are the most common service-connected disability among American Veterans.”