At Sound Relief Tinnitus & Hearing Center, we believe in recognizing and appreciating the heroes who selflessly serve our communities and nation. We understand that military personnel (active and retired), veterans, first responders, teachers, and nurses often encounter unique challenges that can lead to unresolved hearing issues such as tinnitus, sensitivity to sound, or hearing loss. These heroes put their lives on the line and devote themselves to our well-being, and we want to show our gratitude. We offer a 15% discount on all devices and services to help address their hearing impairments.
Tinnitus and hearing loss are by far the most prevalent service-connected disability among veterans and military personnel caused by exposure to loud noises during military service (study). It’s characterized by a constant ringing, buzzing, or roaring in the ears, and it affects nearly a million veterans. Tinnitus can have significant side effects, diminishing one’s quality of life by making it difficult to sleep, concentrate, or relax, and it can even lead to social and professional isolation.
Tinnitus should not be ignored, as untreated tinnitus can be as debilitating as hearing loss. Furthermore, hearing damage tends to worsen with age and is associated with anxiety, depression, heart disease, impaired cognitive function, memory problems, and feelings of isolation. Tinnitus and hearing loss are often interconnected and share the same causes.
Many veterans and active-duty service members may downplay tinnitus because its symptoms are internal, leading to anxiety and isolation. Understanding that tinnitus is real and treatable is the crucial first step towards regaining control of your life and finding relief, not only for hearing health but also for mental well-being.
Around 40% of firefighters suffer from hearing loss, often accompanied by tinnitus (ringing in the ears), which can negatively impact their job performance and their lives (study). Law enforcement officers and ambulance drivers are often affected by tinnitus and hearing loss as well. First responders are at risk of hearing problems because of their prolonged exposure to loud noises from sirens, air horns, guns, and various tools they use during their work. Firefighters, mainly, are also exposed to chemicals that can harm their hearing, especially during overhaul operations.
Encouraging the consistent use of hearing protection is crucial to prevent noise-induced tinnitus. Training and education on the importance of protecting one’s hearing are essential. Regular hearing tests and evaluations can help identify tinnitus at an early stage. Early intervention can prevent tinnitus from worsening. If tinnitus develops, there are various strategies to manage it, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, sound therapy, and tinnitus retraining therapy. These approaches can help individuals habituate to the sound and reduce its impact on their daily lives.
A study conducted by the Danish Institute for the Work Environment reveals that teachers, particularly male teachers, are significantly affected by tinnitus. Male teachers have an 84 percent higher incidence of tinnitus compared to men in other professions, even when adjusting for age. Female teachers, particularly those working in daycare institutions, also experience a higher occurrence of tinnitus, 1.13 times greater than women in other common professions when age is taken into account.
The widespread tinnitus among teachers is attributed to the noise in classrooms and group settings with children, where the use of ear protection is often not possible. The stress from this environment may make teachers more susceptible to hearing problems. Interestingly, while more men experience tinnitus than women across all age groups, both genders report similar levels of significant impact from their tinnitus, suggesting that women may be more sensitive to noise. The study collected data from nearly 6,000 questionnaires from employees and self-employed professionals between 1990, 1995, and 2000.
In the United States, 36 million people are affected by hearing loss, including 17% of the adult population (study). Among these individuals, some are nurses, which can impact their communication skills and the accuracy of auscultation assessments, potentially jeopardizing patient care and safety. Nurses should be aware of their hearing loss risk and undergo hearing screenings at least every five years. Sound Relief emphasizes the responsibility of nurses to maintain their hearing health.
Conclusion – Discounts for Veterans, Active-Duty Military, First Responders, Teachers, and Nurses
Sound Relief encourages individuals who have made sacrifices for their country and may have hearing issues to consider getting a hearing exam and potentially receive specialized technology for tinnitus, hearing loss, or sensitivity to sound (hyperacusis) at a 15% discounts. It’s important to recognize that tinnitus or other hearing issues can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, including their mental and emotional well-being. Preventive measures and support services are essential to mitigate the risks and effects of tinnitus, hearing loss, or hyperacusis. Schedule an appointment at one of our 6 Colorado offices or our 3 Arizona offices.