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This happened to me a few weeks back.
I was asked to be a member of a panel of veterans who had hearing loss and tinnitus due to combat exposure. We all agreed that most veterans with severe hearing loss have other scars from war that often add to the severity of individual disabilities.
From the time we arrived we were treated like royalty: Unfortunately, Jan was unable to go with me due to her teaching commitments at CSU. Maybe I should backtrack a bit.
Ever sinceVietnamI have struggled with tinnitus, ringing in my ears. For the most part I have been able to endure the buzzing in my ears, that is until last November.
However, in the morning I awoke with the sound being far worse than ever and I had lost most of my hearing in my right ear.
My hearing loss was also accompanied by dizziness. After several doctor visits and antibiotics, I was told that the ringing would probably never get much better and my hearing would not fully return.
Fast forward a few months and this special opportunity to be a part of a conference with some of the best hearing specialists in the country. My panel was made up of eight individuals: Each panel member contributed, not just telling their combat story, but how being hearing challenged impacted their lives.
Following the conference, one veteran wrote in an e-mail …Our feeling is that we have to start somewhere with this important message. For all of you vets who are living with a hearing problem, I truly believe help and hope is on the way. I found that support and optimism in Dallas.
The experience has been such a blessing. Following is a message from Judi Victor in her capacity of Panel Director: It was, indeed, impressive — and to think that the entire panel had never rehearsed together until a few hours before the actual event is truly amazing!
In addition, the video will be shown in part or in its entirety at other industry events throughout the coming year. Our feeling is that we have to start somewhere with this important message.
We know that this event required a huge effort on your parts, not to mention the fact that it took you away from your work, families and many other activities.
Please know that your participation is appreciated more than we can ever express. With warmest regards and deepest gratitude.TBI and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur as the result of exposure to events that involve actual or threatened death, intense fear, extreme stress or violence, or feeling helpless.
K9 Partners for Patriots has partnered with St. Leo University and the University of Central Florida to conduct an evidence-based study of the effect of our service dog training program with veterans diagnosed with PTSD, TBI and/or MST using the Trauma Symptom Inventory-2 (TSI-2) assessment and other research-based instruments.
Veterans with only PTSD had significantly lower levels of only the U55 RNA molecule, and Veterans who only had a TBI and not PTSD had normal levels of all four molecules. The team hopes that their study will eventually result in a simple blood test to help diagnose the two issues in Veterans.
Invisible Wounds: Serving Service Members and Veterans with PTSD and TBI This report is also available in alternative formats and on the National Council on Disability (NCD) Web site (pfmlures.com). Publication date: March 4, Voice TTY Fax. TBI and PTSD: Navigating the Perfect Storm. Marilyn Lash, MSW, Brain Injury Journey magazine.
So often people talk about the effects of traumatic brain injury or the consequences of post-traumatic stress disorder as separate conditions — which they are. My youngest son, a Veteran, suffers from PTSD/TBI & it has been a difficult road. Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs from a sudden blow or jolt to the head.
Brain injury often occurs during some type of trauma, such as an accident, blast, or a fall.