by Jim Fausone
Tinnitus, commonly known as ringing in the ears, is a major health issue for soldiers returning from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is also a major and common disability for those from Vietnam combat. The condition was the most-claimed service-connected disability for veterans receiving compensation in fiscal year 2009-10, according to the Veterans Affairs Health Care System.
The audiology clinic at the Phoenix veterans hospital has added staff and extended hours. The hospital will launch a national tinnitus program called Progressive Tinnitus Management to help veterans with the disorder. Audiologists and mental-health professionals will work together to help veterans manage their reaction to tinnitus. The VA has been developing the program for five years using research literature, textbooks and clinical experience. We can only hope that the results are sufficient to roll out the program nationally.
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