Even if a soldier doesn't experience active combat, "if they had training, then they were involved in noise," says Kristen Kennedy, a doctor of audiology at Syracuse University's Gebbie Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic."
Time Warner Cable News reports that the annual report from the Veterans Benefits Administration shows more than 135,000 new veterans suffer from tinnitus, or a ringing in the ears. Around 80,000 are dealing with hearing loss.
"Signs [of] tinnitus and hearing loss could include needing to turn the volume of TVs or music to levels that are too loud for others and asking people to repeat things. This can become a bigger concern if people begin to withdraw from communication in general.
"'Maybe during family gatherings or in noisy environments that their loved ones are not joining in conversations or seem to be confused by the topic of the conversation,' said Kennedy."
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