Neuromonics recently had the pleasure of participating in the National Guard Association of Colorado’s recent conference and military ball. As always, I am so impressed by our military members. During our time there, I met many of these amazing individuals and heard stories of deployments near and far.
And that brings me to tinnitus. So many of the veterans who served in either Iraq or Afghanistan face an uncertain future. While they may not have the symptoms of tinnitus at this time, it’s a condition that can lay in waiting. It’s estimated that up to 1.5 million service members are suffering from tinnitus, but that number could climb. We know from experience that sometimes the exposure to loud noise will momentarily produce the ringing in the ears, which may diminish over time. But the damage has been done, and tinnitus may return.
Neuromonics once helped a Vietnam vet who was a military pilot. During his service, he flew more than 13,000 hours in a variety of military aircraft, some of which was in combat. After years of exposure to the sound of jet engines, he retired from the military without any symptoms of tinnitus. But in 2003 during a business trip to California, tinnitus symptoms appeared in force. While this patient’s story has a happy ending thanks to the Neuromonics Oasis device, the moral is that so many of these veterans, currently in Afghanistan or recently returned, could be facing an uncertain future. The tinnitus might just be waiting for the right moment to emerge.
We are there to help when it does.
Sarah Smith, Neuromonics Clinicial Sales Manager