Letter writer: Help available for veterans with hearing loss

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Holly Godfrey, Au.D., of the [Department of Veterans Affairs], will speak on Audiology Services at the Charles George VA Medical Center  at the regular meeting of the Asheville Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America. This will happen on Saturday, July 16, at 10.30 a.m. at Care Partners, 68 Sweeten Creek Road (Seymour Auditorium).

If you or a loved one is a veteran with some degree of hearing loss, you may well want to come to this public meeting for information on the help you can receive; or if you are someone just wanting to know about the help available to our veterans for a condition that, thanks to battlefield noise, is all too prevalent among them, this is your opportunity to find out.

Sixty percent of returning veterans have hearing damage of some kind. It is reported that some 700,000 have hearing loss, while 840,000 (presumably overlapping with loss of hearing, since often the two coincide) suffer from tinnitus (ringing in the ears). And too often, their hearing loss is overshadowed by other trauma-induced conditions, yet even when these are very serious, their care is often impacted by their difficulty hearing.

[I] … can be contacted at 665-8699 or akarson57@gmail.com.

— Ann Karson
Asheville Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America


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