Hearing Health Foundation

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Statistics

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and hearing loss are the number one and two health conditions, respectively, among military veterans at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers.
    • Over 150,000 veterans were diagnosed with tinnitus in 2015 and nearly 1.5 million veterans are currently receiving disability benefits for it.
  • A study in 2015 found that 71.9% of the 91 Veterans with tinnitus they studied also had a diagnosis of anxiety, 59.3% had depression, and 58.2% had both conditions.
  • Paying an average of $348.15 each, the VA buys one in five hearing aids sold annually in the U.S., according to that 2010 spending report, the last year that data was available.