Hearing conditions such as tinnitus are three and a half times more commonly occurring in veterans than the general population. From the Navy to the RAF to the Army, hearing loss is a common military injury which can severely impact mental health.
What is noise-induced hearing loss?
Whilst avoidance, precaution and hearing protection measures are usually put in place, exposure to excessive noise is a likely occurrence in the military. This might be from explosions, vehicles, weapons or pyrotechnics. Noise-induced hearing loss is hearing damage which is caused by excessive noise exposure - one of the major causes of hearing conditions such as tinnitus, partial and permanent hearing loss.
How do you recognise hearing conditions?
Because damage from noise exposure can be a gradual process, the condition might not be immediately obvious. Subtle changes may transpire over time, such as difficulty differentiating between background and foreground noise, reliance on louder volumes and lip-reading during conversations. Sounds may become distorted or muffled and phantom noises such as ringing, buzzing, hissing, roaring and pulsing can arise.
What are the long-term effects of military hearing loss?
Hearing damage is one of the less visible effects of warfare, so it often receives little attention. However military hearing conditions have debilitating long-term effects. As well as the physically irreversible effects of some hearing conditions, ongoing evidence indicates that hearing loss increases the risk of anxiety and doubles the risk of developing depression. Most sufferers of hearing damage report feeling isolated as a result.
What is the claims process for hearing damage?
Claims for noise-induced hearing loss compensation are usually made up to three years after the injury occurred. During the initial stages of making a military claim, we will provide a free consultation to discuss the circumstances. Following this, we will investigate the extent of the injury and resulting losses.
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