U.S. military to be honored during Tinnitus Week

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The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) will salute the U.S. military and veterans as part of National Tinnitus Awareness Week (TAW) which will be held May 19-23. Members of the military suffer from tinnitus disproportionately from the rest of the civilian population, according to the association. For the past five years, tinnitus has been the number one service-connected disability for veterans from all periods of service and is particularly prevalent in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) over 840,000 veterans currently receive disability compensation for tinnitus alone.

"While ATA is increasingly encouraged by the growing interest in and pace of tinnitus research, there are still hundreds of millions of people worldwide who suffer with this condition on a daily basis," said Mark K. Johnson, J.D., Chair of ATA's Board of Directors. "ATA's mission is to silence tinnitus by funding research, and we can only accomplish this with increased awareness of tinnitus and how it can interfere with and reduce a person's quality of life.”

According to the Department of Defense's Hearing Center of Excellence, economic loss to an individual who has tinnitus can be up to $30,000 annually and up to $26,000,000 to society as a whole. In addition, when quantified, the cost to the VA for tinnitus disability compensation is $1.28 billion annually, a figure that is expected to grow to $2.75 billion annually by 2016 at the current rate of increase.

Source:The American Tinnitus Association

Rose Simpson