I wear hearing aids and have only 25% of hearing in my left ear and 50% in my right ear. I sustained this injury in Desert Storm from an artillery impact, just far enough out of the kill zone, but close enough to have permanent damage to my hearing. I have been rated 10% service-connection compensation for hearing loss, 10% for tinnitus and 30% for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
As you will read in a couple of other posts, hearing loss and especially tinnitus can lead to misdiagnosis of mental illnesses and greatly impede coping and functioning. While writing these reviews I was thinking back and had come to realize it took me 7 or 8 years to desenitize to the constant drone of static and auditory garbage. The constant roar, ringing, and pulses triggered my PTSD and I did not realize it until I read these articles. My oh, my how we can forget some of the biggest things to happen in our lives, that is, we who have the blessing of traumatic experinces.