Hearing loss care for veterans

Serving in the armed forces can impact health and wellbeing. Many suffer injuries that are invisible to those around them. Hearing loss in veterans, such as hearing impairment, tinnitus or even deafness, is often a casualty of war.

Against other problems, like physical injuries or depression, hearing sometimes takes a back seat. It gets chalked up as an issue of ageing, but that’s not always the case. Untreated, hearing loss in veterans can have major effect on the quality of life. This is why you should know what services are available to you and ensure you take full advantage of them.

Here are some tips if you are affected.

Don’t wait

People often put off getting help because hearing loss can happen gradually, or because they don’t want to admit they have a problem, people often put off getting help. But delaying treatments robs you of quality of life.

Get the right equipment

If you require any assistance, your audiologist can suggest a device or solution that’s appropriate. This could be a microphone FM system for communicating with loved ones in noisy environments or a fitted hearing aid or implant. Click here to find out what’s available. 

Communicate your hearing loss to those around you

This can be difficult, but to get the support you need to effectively listen and communicate, it’s important to let your family and friends know about any hearing loss that you have.

Attend support groups

These can be in-person or on an online forum. Talking with others who are going through a similar circumstance can be helpful for your wellbeing and give you insights into how others deal with their hearing loss.

Find your nearest local Australian Hearing centre here or contact us today to find out about our government funded hearing services for veterans.