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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-07-08 11:44 PM
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Hearing loss is silent epidemic in U.S. troops
Source: MSNBC/AP

Large numbers of soldiers and Marines caught in roadside bombings and firefights in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming home with permanent hearing loss and ringing in their ears, prompting the military to redouble its efforts to protect the troops from noise.

Hearing damage is the No. 1 disability in the war on terror, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and some experts say the true toll could take decades to become clear. Nearly 70,000 of the more than 1.3 million troops who have served in the two war zones are collecting disability for tinnitus, a potentially debilitating ringing in the ears, and more than 58,000 are on disability for hearing loss, the VA said.

"The numbers are staggering," said Theresa Schulz, a former audiologist with the Air Force, past president of the National Hearing Conservation Association and author of a 2004 report titled "Troops Return With Alarming Rates of Hearing Loss."

One major explanation given is the insurgency's use of a fearsome weapon the Pentagon did not fully anticipate: powerful roadside bombs. Their blasts cause violent changes in air pressure that can rupture the eardrum and break bones inside the ear.

Read more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23523729 /
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peace13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-07-08 11:55 PM
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1. We let tons of explosives disappear into the countryside in Iraq...
yet we couldn't anticipate powerful roadside bombs. Gotta love the pentagon. Just exactly what do they get paid for?
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ConcernedCanuk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:30 AM
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2. Pentagon is just one of the USA's legal institutions to proliferate weapons.
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Hell, if the other guys don't have weapons,

Wouldn't be no fun.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:54 AM
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3. These troops have been tortured; and in some cases forced to torture themselves!!!


Imagine being any part of torturing another person --- !!!

Bush has been torturing the world for almost 8 years now . . . !!!

We'll all have PTSD before he leaves!!!



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NM Independent Donating Member (794 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:37 AM
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4. My cousin...
...was a gunner and can't hear out of his left ear.

I know two more guys.

Hmm...actually that's 3 out of 6.

Maybe it's worse than they're saying. Worth a Rec.
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woo me with science Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:13 PM
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5. Kind of a mean headline. nt
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:51 PM
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6. Everyone I have ever known who was in the military...
...has some degree of hearing loss.
Duckie
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:27 PM
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7. occupational hazard for many jobs.
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