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Posted by: greg lehmann | 13/03/2019

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How common is deafness in military veterans?

My 6'7" brother in law Dennis Crowley served for 20 years in the United States Coast Guard of which I am proud! But it left Dennis deaf! I suspect noise from boats and airplanes triggered his deafness. Now I found out deafness is rampant among military veterans! (I tried during that time to join the Air Force but was denied due to poor eyesight.) Is deafness REALLY more rampant with military veterans than other people? (I'm deaf too but due to childhood ear infections I wasn't aware I had!)

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Posted 13/03/2019

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Dear Greg,

Individuals who are exposed to excessive amounts of noise (artillery noise, machinery noise etc.) are at a greater risk of developing a noise induced hearing loss than those who are not exposed to noise. However, there are many other factors which come into play such as genetics and age, which can also predispose someone to developing hearing loss. I can't say that hearing loss is more prevalent in military veterans, especially since I don't work with any specifically from the United States, however any person who is exposed to excessive noise over a long period is more likely to develop hearing loss than those not exposed to noise.

Kind regards
Minette
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