Tinnitus Risk Factors for Military Personnel

Feb 17, 2011 by

Tinnitus is the perception of sound within the human ear in the absence of corresponding external sound. While tinnitus is not an actual disease, it is a symptom of an underlying issue. Some of these issues may be an ear infection, foreign objects in the ear, a buildup of ear wax, or injury due to loud noises. Most commonly people who suffer from this symptom complain of a ringing in their ears, but it can also be in the form of a buzzing, whistling, clicking, or beeping noise.  While more than 50 million Americans suffer from this, it is being seen more and more in military personnel.

Military personnel are often exposed to loud noises, which is one of the causes of Tinnitus. They can receive injury due to these loud noises during drills, combat, aircraft take off and landing, and so on. During combat, military personnel can be exposed to unexpected explosions and or blasts. Because of this exposure, hearing loss and tinnitus is the most common disability seen in military personnel and veterans.  Roughly, 50 percent of veterans have tinnitus to some degree. Out of that group, 60 percent have some degree of permanent hearing loss. Treatment of tinnitus in military personnel and veterans is one of the top most war related health cost.  Millions of dollars is put into treatment for these patients.

The hearing doctors at Hear Florida are very experienced in the treatment of tinnitus. The treatment used is called neuromonics tinnitus treatment. The treatment is clinically proven to be effective 90 percent of the time, is non-invasive, reduces symptoms quickly, and last for a long period of time.  If you or someone you know suffers from tinnitus, check out Hear Florida for more information.