Tinnitus Affects 2.7 Million U.S. Veterans
People with tinnitus experience a wide range of sounds such as chirping, whooshing, buzzing, or clicking. The symptoms can be transient or constantly present.
For some, the sounds are low level and in the background, while for others the sounds are almost overwhelming and have a severe impact on daily activities.
Tinnitus is particularly important to U.S. veterans because recent research found that 72 percent of veterans suffering from tinnitus also have an anxiety or depression diagnosis, which are underlying factors of America’s high veteran suicide rate: 22 veteran lives lost every day.
What to Do if You or Someone You Know Experiences Tinnitus. . .
- Tell your health care provider. Particular danger signs:
- Your tinnitus is only in one ear
- It pulsates with your heartbeat
- It occurs suddenly or is accompanied by dizziness or hearing loss
Tinnitus Treatment Options
Many veterans can manage their tinnitus with just basic education on how to deal with the condition. The VA has created a free workbook on managing tinnitus. Download your pdf copy here – Tinnitus Management Workbook.
Final Thoughts on Tinnitus and Veterans
- Many people can manage their tinnitus at home
- But severe tinnitus can severely distrupt your life and lead to anxiety and depression
- Veterans can (and should) reach out to the Veterans Administration for support – Understanding Tinnitus